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Blue Ridge Supervisor Candidate Forum Held in Willowsford

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Be the first to comment
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Members of the Willowsford Community Silver Social Club welcomed the two Blue Ridge Supervisor candidates to a candidate forum on Saturday, August 22, at the Sycamore House Clubhouse. In a race that could affect the future of the Blue Ridge District, Republican Tony Buffington and Independent Richard Jimmerson are vying for the vacated seat of Supervisor Janet Clarke –R.

Each candidate had 10 minutes to introduce themselves to an audience of roughly 30 residents. Audience members submitted questions, some of which were asked directly to the candidates during the forum. Don Goff, who moderated the forum, asked candidates about some issues important to Willowsford residents, including the bi-county parkway, school budget, and the rural transition zone. … Continue Reading

Public Hearings

September 2, 2015 by Valerie Cury Committees at a Glance, News Be the first to comment
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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

Is Loudoun the Happiest Place on Earth?

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment
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By Hannah Hager

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once said.

If that’s the case, then it seems Loudouners consistently choose to be content. SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology firm, last month released its official ranking of “The Happiest Places in America,” and Loudoun took the crown.

What does it mean to be happy? Personal definitions of happiness are expansive. Some measure it based on success in marriage, family planning, the obtainment of professional goals or robust participation in charitable works and community building. Considering the number of sweeping variations, it’s difficult to believe this adjective can describe one location in particular.

The firm’s analysts addressed this issue by identifying eight metrics to compare one county’s happiness level over another. Despite Loudoun’s population nearly tripling within the last 25 years, it still outranked approximately 1,000 counties in the study in six of the eight metrics considered. … Continue Reading

Weekly Water Demand Report Now Online

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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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

To Our Students, Our Ambassadors of the Future

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Welcome to another school year in Purcellville. For some of you, this will be a brand new experience, while for others it is the continuation of your ongoing adventure of learning and growth. Either way, you are all on the journey of a lifetime that will shape you into Western Loudoun’s ambassadors of the future. As you enter the halls of Emerick, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Loudoun Valley High, and Woodgrove, be aware that you are not alone on this journey. Our community of parents, guardians, teachers, friends, and elected officials are present to enable and to challenge you to think critically, to collaborate and to communicate locally, nationally, and globally, and to contribute to our country and the world. As you are being positioned to become global contributors, please accept this challenge with passion, commitment, focus, and excellence. Have a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year, and feel free to reach out to me for any assistance. … Continue Reading

Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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On Friday, October 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the 5th Annual  Purcellville Halloween Block Party will be held in Old Town 21st Street. It’s going to be the best one yet. So start working on that award winning costume for big cash prizes. More info at www.purcellvillehalloween.com. Volunteers needed to help with the event. Call Michael at 540 751-0707 for more info on volunteering and also to sign up to be a sponsor.

Yet Another Accident in the Town of Hillsboro

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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On Friday August 28 around 5:00 p.m. there was yet another wreck in Hillsboro – right by the driveway where Hillsboro resident John Siman had just been standing.

“An employee from Dominion Power asked me if he could park in my neighbor’s driveway to repair a power pole which had been hit by a texting driver back in July,” said Siman. He continued, “Shortly after he had begun work, a man driving west on Route 9 dozed off at the wheel after he had entered Hillsboro and rammed into the back of the big Dominion Power truck. The car did almost a full 180 degree spin, hit the Dominion Power employee who at that moment was standing by the mailbox. The impact of the car hitting the employee, bounced him off the hood.”

“It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed,” said Siman. He had some abrasions on his forearm from scraping across a windshield wiper as he fell of the hood. He was taken away by ambulance. The driver of the car was completely uninjured.

Police Crack Down on Underage Alcohol Purchasing

September 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Purcellville Police Department along with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board conducted an undercover operation to address the issue of underage persons purchasing alcohol in the Town of Purcellville. An under 21 year old civilian posing as a customer went into eight different businesses in town that sell alcohol. Four businesses were found to have sold alcohol to the underage customer.

The cashiers were each cited with a violation of state code (4.1-304) and released on a summons to appear in court. The violation is a class one misdemeanor which carries a maximum fine of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. … Continue Reading

Renowned Breast Surgeon Joins Loudoun Medical Group

September 1, 2015 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment
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Loudoun Medical Group is proud to announce the addition of Virginia Chiantella, MD, FACS, to its expansive group of quality health care providers in Northern Virginia. Dr. Chiantella and staff will join LMG Sept.1.

“On behalf of the entire board and staff, I want to welcome Dr. Chiantella and staff to Loudoun Medical Group,” said Mary Beth Tamasy, Chief Executive Officer of Loudoun Medical Group. “The addition of this practice strengthens Loudoun Medical Group as it adds to our outstanding group of women’s health providers and surgeons.” … Continue Reading

LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign

August 28, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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As summer break comes to an end, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is asking drivers to help make this a safe-school year by watching for children walking to and from school.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is launching an enforcement and public education campaign as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school.

Over the next few weeks Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting a Back-to-School campaign strictly enforcing speed and other traffic violations around local schools. Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be utilizing RADAR, LIDAR, “Smart Trailers”, variable message boards to display safety messages, marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as the agency’s motorcycle unit. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials

August 28, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the Thursday morning townhouse fire on Hussar Terrace in South Riding was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At approximately 4:21 a.m., Thursday, August 27, fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Philomont, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Fairfax County responded to a townhouse fire at 25540 Hussar Terrace in South Riding. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a rapidly advancing fire on the exterior of the three-story townhouse near the deck. Fire department personnel knocked down the fire quickly, preventing the fire from spreading into adjacent townhouses. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2015

August 28, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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08/19/2015 – 12:16 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Main St. Child Custody Dispute
Police were contacted by a parent who advised that their ex-spouse was not abiding by a court ordered child custody agreement. After looking into the matter, it was determined that the court order had been properly followed and both parties had eventually resolved their issues.

08/20/2015 – 2:55 a.m 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Juvenile Complaint
Police on patrol observed several juveniles that were out in the early morning hours. It was determined that they had snuck out of their homes without parental permission. They were returned home and the parents were notified. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake

August 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Today at 6:43 a.m. the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning shots fired at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake. A WDBJ-TV news crew was conducting a live interview at the Plaza with Ms. Gardner when Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, Va., suddenly approached them and started shooting.

Two WDBJ-TV employees, Alison Parker, 24, of Roanoke, Va., and Adam Ward, 27, of Roanoke, Va. died at the scene. The woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, 62, of Goodview, Va., was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

2 Sep 2015

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The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Amelia Brown, a Woodgrove High School junior from Waterford, for membership. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Amelia has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic …

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Annual Dog Swim September 12, Ida Lee Park

2 Sep 2015

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Saturday, September 12, Ida Lee Park will hold its annual Dog Swim at the AV Symington Aquatic Center.  Come on down to the pool with your four-legged friends for them to enjoy a swim and play off-leash.  The pool will be open for the dogs-only swim from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Dog handlers must be 16 years or older …

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46th Annual Bluemont Fair

2 Sep 2015

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Have some old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art and authors, craft and farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues and country, 10k race, free children’s fair, farm animals, llamas and alpacas, quilt display, colonial blacksmith, homemade food, fresh and dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries and gourmet treats, historic …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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