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Hollywood Casino Hosts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley

January 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hollywood Casino Hosts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is rolling out the red carpet this January for star acts Peter Cetera and D.L. Hughley.
Best known as the front man of legendary band Chicago, Peter Cetera will take the stage on January 22 performing a collection of solo hits. After parting with Chicago in 1985, Cetera continued his run of success with his first single, “Glory of Love.” In 1986, Cetera released and sold more than one million copies of the album Solitude/Solitaire, which produced the No. 1 hit and Grammy nominated duet, “The Next Time I Fall.” … Continue Reading

Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls
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Byron Bushara is a senior at Wakefield School in The Plains and his life’s dream is to be a doctor. Because of Byron’s passion for medicine, he decided to dedicate part of his senior year to immersing himself in “Goals Beyond The Net”, a non-profit organization based in Haiti. Far from civilization as he knew it, Byron has found himself in the bowels of Haiti’s impoverished areas with the goal to “learn” but also to “give back”. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame
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By Amanda Clark

Kyle Miller, junior at Woodgrove High School, has his own film company titled SendItFilms. He specializes in filming action sports such as Motocross racers like himself. Miller says, “I started SendItFilms with the idea in mind to bring high quality video to places and people that otherwise would not have the ability to access such a service.”

Miller was first interested in making videos in the fifth grade. A couple years later a media company called Vurbmoto released a META Edit Contest in which they provided clips of raw footage that you needed to edit yourself into creating a three to four minute video. Miller said, “This opened my eyes to what I could really be capable of.” Last winter, Miller purchased around $1,000 worth of gear and began to put his name out there via social media. After that SendItFilms took off, Miller has made enough money to pay off his original investment and now makes a profit from it. “With each project, I try to change things up a tiny bit and I am always experimenting with new techniques to see what exactly will get me the best results, “said Miller. … Continue Reading

Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award
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Doctor John Morgan of Loudon County has been awarded the Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS, The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy.

The 2015 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award winners were recently announced at the 36th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized 10 outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their dedication to EMS and excellence in the field. … Continue Reading

Carver Center Events – January 2016

January 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center Events – January 2016
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The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. ?Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

Beginning Tai Chi
Mondays from January 4 through March 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Ages 16 & up) . Registration is available online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac.

Intermediate Tai Chi Mondays from January 4 through March 7, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Ages 16 & up). Registration is available online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac.

Body Sculpting
Mondays and Wednesdays from January 4 through February 17, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. (Ages 15 & up)
Tighten and shape your muscles using resistance bands, Pilates balls and weights. Bring a mat. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

ASHBURNTEENA Loudoun County Eagle Scout has collected almost 2000 new stuffed animals for first-responders as part of his community service project.
Andrew Stephenson, an Eagle Scout, Ashburn resident and Broad Run High School senior, originally set out to collect 200 teddy bears as part of his Teddy Bear Brigade project but ultimately collected 1,856 stuffed animals. The stuffed animals were presented to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System as part of a ceremony on December 10. … Continue Reading

First Concert Of 2016 At The Old Stone School Community Center Features Band Joey And The Waitress

January 7, 2016 Arts, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Concert Of 2016 At The Old Stone School Community Center Features Band Joey And The Waitress
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Come hear the Joey and the Waitress band at the Old Stone School Community Center on Friday, January 15, 2016 as they hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the historic building. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.OldStoneSchool.org. Tickets include the concert and light appetizers. Drinks, including wine from North Gate Vineyard and beer from Old 690 Brewing Company, will be sold by the glass. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.

The Joey and the Waitress band is pleased to hold this concert to benefit the historic Old Stone School. It will be a special evening of live acoustic music. They will perform selected songs from their up coming CD titled “Come to California” as well as tracks from “Redemption”. The night will also include cover and original songs from Juliana MacDowell and Andrew Hart. Don’t miss this rare listener theater experience. It will be a very special intimate performance.

Other upcoming concerts at the Old Stone School Community Center include:
The Kennedys on February 12; Iain Matthews on April 1; and Troy and Paula on June 18.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org.

Friends of the Old Stone School (formerly the Hillsboro Community Association) is the non-profit organization dedicated to renovating, maintaining, and managing the historic Old Stone School. Though the Town of Hillsboro owns the building, funds for improving, maintaining, and managing this beautiful historic building are paid for through donations, rental income, and proceeds from fundraisers and events. Together, Friends of the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro work to keep the doors of the Old Stone School Community Center open. The Old Stone School Community Center is a place where generations gather to celebrate and to make memories, a place where we foster our sense of community, and a place to feature new, emerging, and experienced talent. Learn more about Friends of the Old Stone School and how you can support our efforts at www.OldStoneSchool.org

All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services

December 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services
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The more than 100 pets at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter have one wish this holiday season – to find a loving home. Their dream could come true Saturday, December 26, when the shelter will be hosting an adoption extravaganza. All adoptions will be free 12 noon to 4 p.m.. There will be plenty of holiday fun and festivities too – hot cocoa and cookies, family photos with Santa, holiday music and more.

All adopted dogs and cats will have been spayed or neutered and received age-appropriate vaccinations, a check-up, and a microchip and dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and others will be sent home with a Christmas prize pack filled with fun toys and treats to share with their new family.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is also assisting a shelter in Raleigh County, West Virginia, by offering kennel space to some of their dogs and cats. “We are fortunate to be able to share the generosity and compassion of the Loudoun community with other homeless pets in need,” said Animal Care Manager Ellen Nadeau. “We know people in Loudoun love pets, and these animals need a second chance. What better time to open up your heart to a homeless cat or dog?”

Photos of available pets will be posted at www.loudoun.gov/animals and updates will be available at: www.facebook.com/loudounanimals.

Please note that LCAS will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, reopening on Saturday, December 26.

Play, Win, Dance in 2016

December 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Play, Win, Dance in 2016
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Ring in the New Year with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ tropical countdown extravaganza! From mega giveaways, to live music, to a champagne brunch, Hollywood is your New Years destination with countless ways to play, win and celebrate.

Kick off New Year’s Eve with Hollywood’s $25,000 Summer Dreamin’ Giveaway. From December 12 – 31, patrons can earn entries for first prize winnings of $1,500 cash, and five additional prizes of $200 in free SlotPlay. Drawings will take place every half hour from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. on December 31. Winners will choose a lucky starfish, surfboard or flamingo to reveal their prize! … Continue Reading

Lucketts Concert Series Plays On

December 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lucketts Concert Series Plays On
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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Wendy Miller and Country Grass. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. … Continue Reading

Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus
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Blue Ridge Hospice, a community-based, not-for-profit hospice organization, is planning an “Afternoon With Santa” on Saturday, December 19, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at its Purcellville Thrift Shop. The shop is located at 151 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown Purcellville. Parking is available by the building and across the street in a parking lot.

Especially for children, the event will have Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on hand to greet the youngsters. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Refreshments will be served and a kids’ shopping corner will be featured where children can purchase gifts at nominal prices. All holiday items are 50 percent off, and an additional 25 percent off entire purchases will be taken at the register.

For additional information, please contact Blue Ridge Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Shop at 540-751-1680.

Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone
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The Leesburg Economic Development Office will host a HUBZone Hiring Event on Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ida Lee Recreation Center, located at 60 Ida Lee Drive in Leesburg.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people who live in the HUBZone and are looking for jobs to meet over 20 great HUBZone companies that are hiring,” said Kindra Jackson, Leesburg’s Business Development Manager.

The wages for these positions range from $10.00 per hour to $18.00 per hour. No previous experience or degree is required and most companies are willing to train. Available jobs include entry level office assistant, entry level finance, various computer related positions, construction, labor, and other trades. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting another stage side chat at the Carver Center on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from the citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. Save the date.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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August 2016
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August 1, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 2, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 3, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 4, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 5, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 6, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

OysterFest & Roussanne Release!

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 8, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 9, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 10, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 11, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 12, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 13, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 14, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 15, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 16, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 17, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 18, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 19, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 20, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

August 22, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 24, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 25, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 26, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 27, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Fabulous Hubcaps

August 28, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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September 4, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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

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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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Sports

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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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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