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Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic
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The investigation into a former volunteer paramedic for inappropriate contact with a minor has identified a second victim in the case.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling turned himself over to authorities June 22 and was charged with rape, attempted forcible sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. … Continue Reading

Preventing Heat Emergencies

June 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Preventing Heat Emergencies
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As the sweltering summer heat blankets our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue teams with the American Red Cross to remind everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

Follow these simple safety measures from the American Red Cross to help avoid heat related emergencies:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015
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06/13/2015 – 3:16 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Aggravated Assault
Police were called to the scene of an assault. The victim had suffered injuries that were not deemed to be too serious. Investigation determined that two groups of individuals had been involved in a verbal argument at a bar outside of town and had met up in a parking lot of a business in town. At that time, the victim was assaulted by a subject. The offender has been identified but the victim is reluctant to pursue charges at this time. The investigation is continuing. … Continue Reading

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud

June 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud
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A Loudoun County jury deliberated until nearly 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10 before concluding the case of Jether M. Jones III. Jones was being tried on charges stemming from of a series of transactions in a prescription fraud scheme. Jones faced three counts: uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud, and possession of heroin. The jury fixed the punishment at fifteen years in prison. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar

June 12, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman presented a check to Spencer Barrett June 9 as part of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) scholarship program.

Barrett, a Leesburg, resident, will graduate from Loudoun County High School in June and will be attending Liberty University in the fall. “This scholarship will assist Spencer in his educational endeavors and his pursuit of a career in the criminal justice field,” said Loudoun Sheriff Chapman. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot

June 12, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot
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The Loudoun County Electoral Board announces that the following candidates for local offices have filed all the required paperwork with the Office of Elections and Voter Registration to appear on the November 3, 2015, General Election ballot:

Constitutional Officers

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court – Gary M. Clemens, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney – Robert J. Ohneiser, James E. ‘Jim’ Plowman
  • Sheriff – Brian P. Allman; Michael L. ‘Mike’ Chapman, Steve O. Simpson
  • Commissioner of Revenue – Robert S. ‘Bob’ Wertz Jr.
  • Treasurer – Evan D. Macbeth, H. Roger Zurn Jr.

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LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online
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A deputy on patrol investigating a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of a 68-year-old Manassas Park man who was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old Loudoun girl who he met online.

The investigation began on May 28 after a deputy observed a vehicle parked in a commercial parking lot around 9:15 p.m. in the 45000 block of Woodland Road in Sterling. The deputy located the suspect, Denard D. Springle, III, inside the car with the teenager. It was learned the two had met online and had been involved in a consensual relationship. Springle was initially charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events
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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.

  • A bicycle tour will be held on June 13 and June 14. Motorists should expect additional cyclists on the roadways in the area of Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg and in Round Hill en route back to Hillsboro.

  • A running race will be held in the area of the Ashbrook Shopping Center in Ashburn on June 13. The roads impacted include Lexington Drive, Atwater Drive, Ashbrook Place, Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The event will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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

Snickersville Turnpike Closes this Weekend

June 10, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Snickersville Turnpike Closes this Weekend
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Snickersville Turnpike (Route 734) will be closed between Paxson Road and Airmont Road from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14 so repairs can be made to the bridge over North Fork Beaverdam Creek, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured via Paxson Road and Airmont Road.

The bridge was struck recently and has significant damage to the concrete railing. Crews will replace six feet of the damaged railing with new concrete using custom formwork to maintain the existing shape and appearance.

Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

June 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg
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At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday June 6, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Lucketts, Sterling, Purcellville, Moorefield, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to a fire in a three-story, commercial tax-payer type structure located at 11 King Street South, in the Town of Leesburg. The building is comprised of a business on the first floor, with residential apartments located on the second and third floors of the building.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. Due to the volume of fire and the speed with which it was spreading to other units, a second alarm was struck bringing additional resources. … Continue Reading

July 4th Parade Applications Available

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on July 4th Parade Applications Available
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Applications for the annual 4th of July Parade are now available. The Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Purcellville’s parade is being held on Saturday, July 4 at 12:30.

For 2015 the top three patriotic themed entries will receive a banner to carry during the parade. Winners will be selected by the July 4th Parade citizen volunteer group based on creative, musical, and patriotic decorations incorporating the 2015 theme, “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.” Winners will be notified prior to the parade so that winning units can display their prize banners during the parade. … Continue Reading

Simpson To Run for Sheriff

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Simpson To Run for Sheriff
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Former Sheriff Stephen Simpson has announced he will run as an Independent in the November election. “I run because I see a sheriff’s office in need of new leadership, a sheriff’s office that has been allowed to regress over the last four years … in this campaign I will discuss a number of issues that need the public’s immediate attention. In my 16 years as sheriff, I never went over budget, even in the leanest of years,” he said.

Simpson continued, “Incumbent Sheriff Chapman overran the budget by $3 million. When confronted by the Board of Supervisors, Chapman said he didn’t know anything about it. And he blamed his underlings. That prompted one supervisor to observe Chapman was blaming everyone but himself. This year, of course, Chapman claimed he returned $4 million to the treasury. What he doesn’t tell you is how.”

Simpson said, “The bulk of his ‘savings’ came from unfilled positions – money he couldn’t spend on anything else. He promised savings, but what did he really do? He disbanded the narcotics and gang units … and sent some deputies to work on task forces not even doing cases in Loudoun County.”

Simpson told the Blue Ridge Leader he wanted to bring the personnel in the narcotics and gang units back up to their full complement, as well as filling other vacancies in the patrol and specialty divisions. “Deputies have reported to me that the lack of manpower attributable to unfilled positions has resulted in fewer investigators working actual cases inside this county. I propose filling the funded positions as an answer to increased gang recruitment and activity in the eastern part of the county, and increased drug activity, including meth, in the western part. Even the sheriff’s office has published numbers showing a staggering increase in heroin overdoses and fatalities here in Loudoun County,” Simpson said.

Distracted Driving: Focus on the Here and Now

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Distracted Driving: Focus on the Here and Now
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By Barbara S. Williams

I want to talk to you about distracted driving. What is it? Why should we not drive distracted?

There are many definitions of distracted driving. The U.S. DOT’s definition is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” Safety is why we don’t want to drive distracted.

There are three major types of distracted driving:
Manual – taking one of both hands off the wheel while driving;
Visual – looking away from the road either within the interior of the car or the exterior; and
Cognitive -being mentally engaged in some activity that reduces the concentration and attention devoted to the task of driving. … 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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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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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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