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Where Is the Money?

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where Is the Money?
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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole source of Social Security funding?  I realize that over the last few years Social Security spending has outpaced payroll tax receipts, but isn’t there a Social Security trust fund surplus to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars?

It appears that the real problem is that Congress borrowed from the trust fund over the past couple of decades so that they could spend more than they were making.  And now they can’t pay the money back.  Really?   All this bending over backwards in Congress to avoid not paying back the money foreign investors loan to the U.S. , and not a care in the world about paying back its own citizens? 

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg

Sign the Petition

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Sign the Petition
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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red Hill Road is a historic sunken, tree-lined, twisting dirt road that is just 12 feet wide in parts. Loudoun Water plans to bring all construction vehicles for these water towers from Watson Road onto Red Hill Road. This is preposterous if you truly understand the road and the entrance from Watson Road.

During the initial Planning Commission meeting, several commissioners expressed concern about access for construction traffic, indeed had a vote been taken that night it is likely that the application for the proposed water towers at Red Hill Road would have been denied. Instead, the application was moved to a work session after which Loudoun Water proposed using southern access from Willowsford for the construction traffic. Based on a verbal statement and a vague map showing an arrow coming in from the south, several Planning Commissioners changed their minds and decided to vote to approve the Red Hill site. Now, just six weeks later, Loudoun Water’s submission for Board of Supervisors approval only cites southerly access as a possibility in the notes. … Continue Reading

Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here
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Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane: The tallest towers in Loudoun Water’s system, proposed on the border of the rural zone. Our community is asking “Why here?” when we all have wells and receive no benefit, but all the detriment to our community.

Loudoun Water studied at least eight sites since 2005/6, and in 2012 proposed a site in Willowsford. Due to community input, Supervisor Clarke asked Loudoun Water to find an alternate site. In November 2013, Loudoun Water suddenly proposed the Red Hill Road site, within an established community of rural homes and farms. Both ends of Red Hill Road are rural, as is most of the road. Loudoun Water justifies this location by saying that they have to serve our area because the site is in the Transition Zone. Only 10 homeowners off Red Hill Road are in the Transition Zone and eligible to connect to water. The remaining 70 percent of the homes are in the Rural Zone and not eligible for water service. Water lines are already in place and none of the eligible home owners want to connect. We are a rural community on well water and want to stay that way. … Continue Reading

I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined to take her future back, she proclaims “Boy you blew it, you put me through it I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it.”

Many people in Purcellville feel the same way about the 100,000 square foot Vineyard Square mixed-use development project … a project which, once the zoning party got started moved from one excess to another, wedding the citizens and taxpayers of Purcellville to a decidedly unattractive future for their historic downtown. … Continue Reading

War Madness

July 25, 2014 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on War Madness
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The Dying Gaul

By John P. Flannery

In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war.

It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. The US saber rattles in response. Partisans insist we must do more.

It could be as “simple” an error in the Ukraine as giving the separatist “freedom fighters” weapons that they should never have had. The Russians entrusted these weapons in the Ukraine conflict. They thought they’d trained them no doubt. When the plane went down, the “freedom fighters” said they’d downed a military transport. When they found out otherwise, the separatists went dark. The United States weighs giving these weapons to other “freedom fighters” in Syria. … Continue Reading

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force Medicaid expansion on Virginia. Disaster averted!

Trust me; opting out of Medicaid was the right decision for all people in Virginia, rich or poor. The more I learn about Medicaid, it is clear that, like other welfare programs, it adds a huge burden to working folks while it squanders their money in a vast bureaucratic system with woefully inferior results.

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

June 24, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on T-Mac Does an O’Bama
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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has declared he will veto only that which he doesn’t like and proceed with O’Bama’s plan, despite the unconstitutionality of his veto.

It all gets a little arcane. However succinctly put, the Governor cannot unilaterally decouple the conditions placed on the spending bill from the money or the other way around, the money from direction on how to spend the money. Basically, the T-Mac is like the teenager who is given money and told to go to the store and buy very specific items and then gets mad because he’s not given the discretion to spend it on what he wants. … Continue Reading

De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

June 11, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget
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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia over the Medicaid expansion.”

Mr. McAuliffe also said on the campaign trail that ‘These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget.’ I agree with Mr. McAuliffe, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s budget should not be held hostage for a liberal agenda of expanding Obamacare in Virginia. … Continue Reading

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future.

On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh policy views join the group.

Growth is here and will continue. But, the question of exactly where that growth will occur, whom it will benefit and who will pay for it now has the opportunity to be answered – out in the open. … Continue Reading

Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

June 3, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin

Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building code and health-related requirements for the B&Bs themselves and any separate event buildings on their properties. Overall, the board and the B&B community view the changes as a boon to Loudoun’s rural economy, which increasingly depends on tourism. Some, however, see B&Bs as actual threats to that same rural economy, with the Piedmont Environmental Council, a long-standing advocate for rural amenities and landscapes, leading the opposition. But, Loudoun’s Rural Economic Development Council representing farmers, rural businesses, horticulturalists, the arts, wineries, B&Bs, and park and recreation advocates, strongly favored the new B&B measures. So who is right? … Continue Reading

Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense
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I am a fifteen year-old from Round Hill. I have heard quite a few people discussing the controversial issue of Medicaid expansion recently, and one thing that I do not understand is why most people do not know that much about the subject. On one side, you have the group of people who favor Medicaid’s expansion, thinking that it will be for the benefit of everyone in Virginia if all can enjoy affordable care. On the other side of the argument, there are the people who think that Medicaid expansion doesn’t make any financial sense, believing that the Medicaid budget will be paid through ridiculously high taxes once the government withdraws support of the plan. … Continue Reading

Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget
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With less than six weeks to the new fiscal year, Virginia still doesn’t have a budget. Why? Governor McAuliffe is holding it hostage unless the legislature signs onto the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. He is willing to carry out his fiscal scorched earth campaign upon the citizens of the Commonwealth if he can’t get his no-limit credit card to the Obama and Hillary progressive fantasyland.

The Governor is using the state budget as leverage, threatening to take Virginia over the fiscal cliff on June 30 if he doesn’t get his way. This has become more than an adolescent temper tantrum, he is holding hostage essential services including funding for schools, teachers, roads, law enforcement, local governments, colleges and universities. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Russian Roulette

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Russian Roulette
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This budget game of Russian Roulette that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is playing with the General Assembly over the Medicaid expansion issue is now causing real financial panic by our local governments.

Because of this Medicaid impasse, more than $10 Billion in expected state aid that makes up three-fourths of local budget revenue is being held hostage by our political leaders in Richmond. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

May 2016
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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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