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How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions
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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a council member sums up the shock and frustration of many, “You mean to tell me if I’m still living in Purcellville ten years from now I could have a water bill for over $600 dollars.” Well, if we continue with yearly compounded increases, a $600 bill will become a reality, but there are alternative strategies. Before presenting alternative solutions to address our water and sewer rates, I owe it to our citizens to at least explain the situation.

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done
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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 meet with people out in the community and on their doorsteps. My family and energetic team of volunteers are excited to be participating in three local parades celebrating Independence Day, the day when our forefathers asserted in the Declaration of Independence that, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitled them to cast off the oppressive rule of Britain and to fight for their belief that they were, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The good guys won so here we are!

I wish all was bright and happy for patriotic Americans. There is a cloud, however, hanging over the weekend’s festivities. This past week brought bad news for those of us who believe in the rule of law and respect for the United States Constitution. Obviously many leaders do not share a commitment to those principles which have made America great.

Obamacare remains a mess. Virginia families have seen firsthand the negative impacts of Obamacare: Cancelled plans, skyrocketing premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs and stunted job markets as businesses are leery of hiring. The Court’s decision provides no prescription for these ills.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not have to be a lost opportunity. Congress can and should still act to replace this broken law with real health reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, lowers costs and gives states more flexibility to care for our most vulnerable citizens without expanding entitlements.

Along with other Republicans in the House of Delegates, I remain committed to protecting Virginians from the side-effects of Obamacare by doing everything we can to keep costs under control and provide flexibility to families and businesses.

We also remain committed to strengthening our health care safety net without expanding our broken Medicaid system. Just this past week, I received a letter from the Loudoun Free Clinic’s Executive Director thanking members of the General Assembly for helping them better serve the low-income families who rely on the clinic for help. The increased funding for the clinics came after local legislators toured the facility and conveyed the need for increased funding to lawmakers in Richmond.

The legal gymnastics used by the Court do not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is an unworkable and unaffordable disaster.

Along the same lines, the Court’s 5-4 decision that ruled that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages was another swing-and-a-miss. For the vast number of Virginians that hold to the belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, the ruling sends the simple message that their right to be represented by an elected legislature is subject to the personal preferences of five unelected individuals. Moving forward, it is of critical importance that the religious liberties of all Virginians be respected. We must also ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion remains undiminished.

The court’s rulings are not the final word. The patriotic spirit that we know exists in America remains active, and I for one will not sit idle while well-meaning advocates of social change persist in reducing the Constitution to a set of intangible and ever-morphing guidelines. Constitutional proponents are fighting for sound, uniform rule of law, and we will work to reclaim the ground that has been taken. We can start by renewing our resolve to respect the legislative process of our nation and our respective states and to move our great nation in the right direction by being well-informed and voting our values.

Delegate Dave LaRock

Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 29 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRock’s reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children. Please call me for help anytime at 703 751-8043.

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

June 15, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights
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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 that directly impact our children and therefore teach them what’s right, and what’s wrong – conflict with what we really want them to learn.

During my eight years on the Loudoun County School Board it was obvious school administrators and security officers were interrogating children which in some cases forced them to admit to things there might not be evidence of … all under the false premise that schools need immediate cooperation from children, even if it leads to their expulsion, even if there were no serious exigent circumstance such as a fire, a gunman in the building, etc. Calling parents prior to such interrogations was rare and fiercely resisted by school administrators. And, so, what are teaching our children? To tell the truth no matter what … even though all citizens have a Constitutional right not to self-incriminate? The 5th Amendment may use the terms capital or infamous crime when referring to self-incrimination; but does that mean a child possibly facing school disciplinary action – or worse – has no rights? Not even the right to have their parent present when there is time and opportunity to do so? … Continue Reading

Let’s Focus on the Big Issues – Not Gotcha Politics

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Focus on the Big Issues – Not Gotcha Politics
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By Karen Jimmerson

As a member of the Purcellville Town Council since 2014, I take my job very seriously. My most urgent passions revolve around issues of government openness, fairness in the process and the principal that, as elected officials we are accountable, first and foremost, to people … not to politics.

At a recent town council work session, tempers ran very high between myself and fellow town council member, Doug McCollum. Our exchange garnered quite a bit of coverage in the local papers, some of which, in my opinion, mischaracterized the issues at stake – at best. I’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air and set the record straight. I can do nothing less than that or fail to serve properly the people of Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments
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By Delegate Dave LaRock

You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Minimum wage advocates are actively working around the nation. New York’s governor announced he is still working to raise the state’s minimum wage after his state’s legislature rejected his proposals to do so, and, just this last session, several bills were introduced in the Virginia House and Senate to increase the minimum wage in the Commonwealth. None passed. … Continue Reading

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on It’s Time We Invest in Public Education
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By Chuck Hedges

Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends.

I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 percent of the children in Loudoun, Clark and Frederick counties, the best – indeed, the only – opportunity for children to learn, grow and thrive is through strong public schools. That is why our citizens and taxpayers need to place their highest priority on ensuring that public schools are well funded and that they offer all children – including those with special needs—the services and learning opportunities they need and deserve. The 17 percent reduction in the state’s education budget since 2009 must come to an end. … Continue Reading

Special Needs Children vs Special Interests

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial 2 comments
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By Delegate Dave LaRock

This past week, I read that a Lynchburg, Virginia, middle school student with autism was found guilty of disorderly conduct and felony assault of a school resource officer– for knocking over a trash can and then pushing the officer who was trying to restrain him.

During this past session in Richmond, the legislature passed a bill that would require the Virginia Board of Education to adopt statewide regulations on seclusion and restraint of pupils. Legislators heard testimony from dozens of parents about harrowing examples of children being physically restrained for acting up. One parent told about how their autistic child was locked in a closet for hours for offenses like tearing paper and banging on the door. Another special needs child was literally locked in what the school called a “scream room,” a concrete room with metal doors and a fan the staff would turn on to drown out the sound of screams. This child’s hand was broken when the staff slammed the door shut on him. … Continue Reading

May 2015 Cartoon

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on May 2015 Cartoon
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Par Three in Purcellville

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Par Three in Purcellville
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By Nick Pelchar

The Town of Purcellville has a tremendous opportunity to provide recreation, the reclamation of used water, the recharge of town wells, increase revenue and to lessen environmental impacts on Catoctin Creek with a par three golf course.

Proffers from the annexations of Locust Grove (1992) and Hirst Farm (2001) resulted in town ownership of 50.4 acres of land bounded by Route 611, including approximately 22 acres housing the Basham Simms Wastewater Plant and the maintenance facility. The remaining 28 acres and its topography lends itself to a great site for a 9 or 10-hole par three golf course. … Continue Reading

Special Opinion: Should Loudoun Bring Back the Drug Court?

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Special Opinion: Should Loudoun Bring Back the Drug Court?
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By Robert Ohneiser

In 2012, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) eliminated funding for the Loudoun County Drug Court. Supervised and administered by Loudoun County Circuit Court judges, Drug Court gave serious drug offenders the option of entering an intensive rehabilitation program as an alternative to trial, under the condition that they submit to frequent drug testing, appear in court weekly for at least one year and meet other stringent financial and employment criteria. Drug Court detractors cited the program’s low graduation rate as the reason why funding should be eliminated, while proponents of the program, including judges Burke McCaHill and Thomas Horne described it as, not only the most intensive form of supervision in Virginia’s criminal justice system, but potentially life changing – even for repeat offenders who failed to complete the program. … Continue Reading

No Tax Increases

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on No Tax Increases
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– By Delegate Dave LaRock

I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while still smarting from the pain of dropping that check in the mail on April 15. According to The Tax Foundation, Virginia State Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita Fiscal Year 2013 totaled $1,326 – the 8th highest in the US. It’s important that taxpayers remember that feeling when they interact with their elected officials.

You may remember the bold message on the huge trailer-mounted pink tax pig seen in parades around Purcellville and Leesburg – “No Tax Increases.” No doubt I’ll be the brunt of some jokes for associating with that portly mascot, but that tax-related message is an important one that all elected leaders need to keep in mind.

On April 15, the Virginia General Assembly will reconvene for one day to consider the Governor’s actions on legislation. On that day, the difference in styles of government between the legislature and the executive will be most apparent. Most legislators would agree that we need a more efficient state government, and many adhere to the philosophy that local decision making by local citizens is best. Local decision making and leaner government are at the heart of the philosophy that guides my votes in the legislature.

When Virginia is lean and efficient, hard-working taxpayers get to keep more of their hard earned dollars and enjoy a better quality of life as you spend your money efficiently and wisely. On a personal and on a state level, good management practices can always yield more for less.

As an example, I recently met with a constituent who helped draw my attention to the benefits an interchange at the intersection of Route 690 and the Route 7 bypass would be. We all know how in-town traffic is affected by school and event traffic, resulting in harsh congestion. Fixing that will be costly, and that’s why I have focused effort on making sure our regional transportation funding priorities receive careful scrutiny. When that happens, there is more funding available for projects like the Route 690 interchange. It’s just that simple.

Likewise, with education (which consumes over one third of Virginia’s budget) seeking value for dollars spent is how we achieve our goals without continually asking for more in taxes. This past session, I submitted a bill that would have given parents of special needs children the ability to withdraw them from public schools and receive a portion of that child’s state education funding to strike out on their own. Giving parents the means to customize their child’s education has tremendous potential not only to improve educational outcomes for at-risk kids, but to cut down on the long term costs borne by the Commonwealth and local schools. Better results for fewer dollars is not impossible, but it does take some effort and a creative approach to problem solving.

As always, my top priority remains serving the citizens of Virginia and the 33rd District by passing laws that boost economic recovery, allow the creation of good, dependable jobs, improve education, reform government spending and protect our individual rights. And as always, I value your input – don’t hesitate to give me a call at 540-751-8364.

After the reconvene session I hope to report back to you with the good news that our Governor has signed into law policy that favors more efficient state government and local decision making by local citizens.
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Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 28 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRocks reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children.

Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly
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Dear Editor:

Just wanted to drop a note and weigh in on the amazing opportunity to maximize the value of a community resource. As you may know, there are efforts underway to open the Purcellville Watershed up for recreational use of the public. This may include equestrian, hiking, bicycling and other low impact activities.

I am a strong believer in creating these recreational opportunities as a quality of life improvement for residents and visitors to Loudoun County. The land is currently restricted to very selective use by a limited number of town employees and friends. Let’s allow everyone to enjoy this great resource in a responsible, thoughtful and sustainable manner!

Timojhen Mark
Purcellville

Cozy Relationship

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Cozy Relationship
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During the February Purcellville Town Council meeting, members had a discussion about the Volunteer Award program. The debate was about separating the town from a private event hosted by a private organization. This award ceremony is not a program the town council organized. It was brought to the public’s attention at the January 2014 Purcellville Business Association (PBA) by former Mayor Bob Lazaro in his State of the Town Address, “…after discussion with Business Association President Bowman, this March at the PBA’s Annual meeting luncheon, we will recognize an outstanding volunteer and/or volunteer organization…”. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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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Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

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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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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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Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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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

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

speak

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

Bob Ohneiser

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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