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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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Deputy Faces Simple Assault Charge after Virginia State Police Investigation

August 15, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was notified today that a deputy under investigation for an incident involving an arrestee was charged with simple assault by the Virginia State Police.

Deputy John W. Gregory, 31, a 10-year-veteran of the agency was served the misdemeanor summons on August 14. Gregory is assigned to the Field Operations Division as a patrol deputy. … Continue Reading

Inova Urgent Care Has Moved

August 15, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Inova Urgent Care – Purcellville and Inova Primary Care – Purcellville has moved to 740 East Main Street in Purcellville. The new hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The following services are still being offered: treatment for common/minor illness or injury; minor allergic reactions; cough, sore throat; treatment for work-related injuries; physical exams camp, sport, school or pre-employment; and flu shots.

For more information on the Inova Urgent Care Center – Purcellville and Inova Primary Care call 540-338-4995.

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

August 14, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

• Expect increased traffic and possible delays along Route 15 in the area of Lucketts Road, Spinks Ferry Road and St. Claire Lane for the Lucketts Fair. The road will be impacted on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

• A running race held on August 16 may impact traffic on Dry Mill Road, Colonial Highway and Route 9 in the area of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

Loudoun B&B Guild Welcomes Two New Members

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Two new establishments have joined the Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild, Airwell Bed and Breakfast – newly opened in Purcellville, and The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton.

The Airwell B&B – featuring two cottages with one bedroom each – includes the former art studio of Lucien Powell, one of the 20th Century’s most renowned landscape painters. The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, located just off of Route 7 in the historic town of Hamilton is one of the guild’s new fun partners. It features 10 acres surrounding a restored hundred and five-year-old stone and wood dairy barn, which has been transformed into a tasting room.

The new additions bring the guild to 23 full members, and 21 fun partners.

PDH Districts Go Down, More Big Box Stores and Restaurants

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Development, News Be the first to comment
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You win some you lose some. But, citizens participating in three days of Purcellville Planning Commission public input sessions held their own in expressing concerns about the large number of town zoning use changes being proposed by the commission.
With more than 200 zoning regulations up for debate – covering everything from alterations to the purpose of the Planned Development Housing Districts (PDH) to additional permitted uses in the Commercial, Mixed-Use Commercial, Industrial and other designations – the tenor of the three public input sessions – held July 7, 8 and 9 – reflected the polarized zoning debate taking place in Purcellville, pitting the preferences of most citizens against the special interests of a few. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Developers Seek 50+-Acre Annexation

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Development, News Be the first to comment
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Developers are requesting that some 50 acres at the intersection of Route 287 and St. Francis Court be annexed into the Town of Purcellville for the purpose of developing an intensive residential and commercial project known as Purcellville Crossroads. Proposed in conjunction with the Tilly’s Entertainment Company, the development would bring in dense commercial and residential uses – including national chain restaurants, a hotel, go-carts, commuter parking and other uses. The area is now predominated by 3-acre residential properties, and farms and wineries consistent with distinctly rural uses. As such, Purcellville Crossroads is drawing the ire of the homeowners and rural businesses in the area. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Fire Department Transitions from Volunteers to Career Personnel

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Chaplain Charles Wallace, president of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department, announced that the department has officially restructured its protocol for first responders and has transitioned from a volunteer force to career (paid) personnel, to be owned and run by Loudoun County.

“We are very sad to have to make this transition, but I believe that this is a sign of our times,” Wallace said. “We have struggled for the past two years to find and retain volunteers and, unlike years past, people have very busy lives and are no longer able to commit to the many hours that are necessary to be a volunteer. After careful consideration, and trying unsuccessfully to recruit volunteers, we realize that we are not able to fulfill county and state requirements to continue as a volunteer company. The transition has been seamless and the community will continue to receive the exceptional service and response that has always been given.” … Continue Reading

Dulles Area Realtors Candidate Endorsements

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections Be the first to comment
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The Dulles Area Realtors Association (DAAR) released their endorsements for the 2015 Board of Supervisor candidates in Loudoun County.

Candidates completed a questionnaire and were interviewed by area DAAR members. Of the nine candidates chosen, six are Republican, two Democrat, and one is currently an elected Republican running as an Independent.

Lars Henriksen, Chairman of DARPAC Trustees, said, “Our endorsements are aimed at supporting individuals who understand the importance of strong neighborhoods and vibrant businesses in our communities.”

DAAR is an association with over one thousand realtors. Their 2015 legislative agenda highlighted opposition to increases in proffer levels required by Loudoun County, overlay districts, and conditions in the Chesapeake Bay Act that create “no build” protection areas that restrict development. With regards to affordable housing, DAAR believes the county should do more to help promote policies for down-payment assistance and other private assistance programs rather than pursue developmental restriction policies.
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he endorsed candidates include: Ralph Buona (R), Asbhurn; Kristen Umstattd (D), Leesburg; Suzanne Volpe (R), Algonkian; Tony Buffington (R), Blue Ridge; Koran Saines (D), Sterling; Ronald A. Meyer,Jr. (R), Broad Run; Geary Higgins (R), Catoctin; Matt Letourneau (R), Dulles; Scott York (I), At-Large Chairman; and Gary Clemens (R), Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Virginia Schools Earn Top Federal Rating for Special Education

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Be the first to comment
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s public schools earned the U.S. Department of Education’s highest overall rating and achieved the second-highest score for serving students with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“In every school division in the commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to succeed,”Governor McAuliffe said. “These accomplishments are the result of their efforts, as well as successful partnerships between the state and localities in developing innovative programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.” 
The federal education department scores and rates states annually on the participation and performance of students with disabilities in state and national assessment programs and on states’ progress in narrowing achievement gaps and improving graduation rates. Virginia earned the maximum number of possible points on 13 of the 14 indicators, achieving a total score of 95.83. … Continue Reading

50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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By Andrea Gaines

“We’ll be catching up, reminiscing, and going back to a more simple time. A time when we were a little more carefree.”
So promises event organizer Judy Arbogast Fisher in describing the upcoming 50th Loudoun Valley High School Combined Reunion, to be held over three days in September.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday event will celebrate the high school’s three original classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Highlights of the three-day extravaganza include a golf outing on Friday morning at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club in Purcellville, a Friday night break-the-ice mixer at the Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, a Saturday night dinner dance and a catered BBQ picnic on Sunday at Franklin Park. A tour of today’s Loudoun Valley High School is another of the festivities planned for Sunday. “Loudoun Valley has doubled in size in the years since we attended the school,” said Fisher. “When I attended we had no cafeteria – we’d bring brown bag lunches to school. We had no auditorium and the gym was not yet completed. People will love to tour the current high school and see how far it has come.” … Continue Reading

Student Earns Honors at National History Day Contest

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Be the first to comment
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After months of intensive research and success at the regional and the Virginia state competitions, Barrett Harrington, a rising eighth grade student at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, presented her project at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest. The international gathering was held at the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus from June 14-18. Her hard work and dedication in creating the website entry “Sir Nicholas Winton: Humble Hero” earned Barrett second place in the nation for the Junior Individual Website Category. “ I first learned about Sir Nicholas Winton and his remarkable acts after watching a “60 Minutes” segment about him last Fall…when my history teacher assigned us to create website entries for the annual National History Day competition with a theme of “Leadership and Legacy in History” I immediately knew who I wanted to create a website about – the person who saved six hundred and sixty-nine children from the Holocaust,” said Harrington.  … Continue Reading

The Revered “Mr. Charlie” To Turn 108

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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In the Blue Ridge Leader’s August 2014 issue we celebrated the upcoming birthday of Mr. Charlie Clark. We are grateful to be able to do that again, as are all of the family, friends and even brief acquaintances of this lovely man. Clarke will turn 108 on August 23.

Born in 1907, Clark is perhaps the oldest – and certainly among the oldest – living WWII veterans. He is also the only surviving officer of the original Loudoun County Emancipation Association. … 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

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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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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Events

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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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

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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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

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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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

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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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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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