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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 3, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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The good citizens of the Town of Purcellville and the surrounding neighbors have seen few good things happen in and around Purcellville over the past several years. Many people moved here from areas of rapid growth to get away from it all. They liked the small unique character of the town and surrounding community. Now these same people feel the need to move away: Purcellville is becoming “Any town USA.”

Here are some of the reasons: 50 acres of proposed residential and commercial on 287 north of Hirst Road. Travel further south on 287 towards the traffic circle and you have another planned retail area including a gas station, travel south around the traffic circle along the Southern Collector Road, and yet another soon to be planned commercial development. There may be plans to build across from Blue Ridge Middle School, also. … Continue Reading

Autumn Hill/Mayfair – The Real Reason Behind Annexation

December 3, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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In 1991 the County approved the Autumn Hill rezoning request that would allow the development of 492 multi-family residential units just north of Purcellville. The proffers or legal agreements that were approved required that the development be served by town water and sewer service which could only occur if the property were annexed into the town. Since the town refused to annex and provide the utilities, the current landowner sought and received a permit from the Loudoun County Health Department (which is a state agency) to construct an on-site alternative sewage system rather than use town utilities.

The Health Department’s permit expired November 15. The permit stated explicitly that “Any proposed construction or other action in furtherance of or pursuant to this permit shall be subject to and must comply with all applicable state and local ordinances or regulations, including without limitation, any applicable zoning regulations, proffers, or conditions, any applicable comprehensive plan conformance review requirements, and applicable inter-jurisdictional agreements.” … Continue Reading

Thank You From Delegate-Elect, Dave LaRock

November 11, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You From Delegate-Elect, Dave LaRock
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Dear Residents of the 33rd District,

I’m writing this letter to express my sincere thanks to the good people of the 33rd District for making me your Delegate-elect. This is a great honor, and a humbling one; I look forward to building on the accomplishments of the other leaders who have served in this position with dedication and distinction.

To all of the folks that turned out and voted for me on Election Day, worked at the polls, organized behind the scenes, endorsed me, wrote letters on my behalf, and otherwise gave of your effort, time, and treasure, I am very grateful. Many of you gave very much, and many could only help in small ways, but all of you played an essential part in our campaign. Congratulations on a job well done! … Continue Reading

Preserve Our Unique Old Town

November 11, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Preserve Our Unique Old Town
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A comment on the proposed 21st Street Project in the historic Purcellville town: This ghastly, tacky, multi-story monstrosity has no place in Purcellville unless the sole object of the development is the generation of maximum revenue for the developers at the prohibitive cost of replacing our charming and unique old town with yet another slice of generic, cookie-cutter suburbia. If this development is permitted, what is left of historic Purcellville will be swallowed whole, leaving little motive to preserve the small remnant that would be left. To add insult to injury, some taxpayer funding will no doubt be required to force us to assist in the destruction of our historic district. This project should be rejected.

D.L. Bell
Purcellville

Should VDOT Remain a Four Letter Word?

November 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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As my wife and I visit our new home under construction in the Lucketts/Taylorstown area, it remains highly disturbing to see VDOT ignore obvious safey hazards on roads they are responsible for maintaining. New Valley Church Road has a curve just west of the Route 15 intersection that is so bad residents have to plea for help by putting signage on trees. This assumes VDOT managers can read. Even the minimum standards required for road acceptance by VDOT are not practiced on such roads. Some cul-de-sac’s in Ashburn have wider and safer roads than Route 15 and New Valley Church Road, and a great many “secondary” roads where residents pay just as much taxes for safety maintenance. … Continue Reading

Thank You For The Purcellville Halloween Block Party 

November 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You For The Purcellville Halloween Block Party 
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Re-Love It and all the sponsors and organizers for allowing me to MC the recent Purcellville Halloween Block Party. To put it simply, it is this kind of community programming that helps makes small town USA such a vital part of our changing society. With the support of the Town of Purcellville and its police department and the PFVD, it was truly a fun experience, not only for all the residents, but for all the visitors as well. There was no talk of politics….unless it was Snickers vs. Milkyway and there was no talk of metro/taxes…unless it was about aliens in hovercrafts, in short, it was a wonderful time to get to know each other, even though we may have had a mask on.

While I was on stage keeping the ghosts and goblins at bay, I was reminded how much Purcellville means to me. Seeing this event in Old Town Purcellville was special. For years when I was on the Economic Development Committee for the town, we discussed “Where is the real Purcellville, where is the heart of Purcellville.” Well we have an answer, it is located on 21st Street and in the hearts of its residents.

R. Ben Weber

From “Affordable Housing” To “Food, Fun and Games”

November 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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By Karen Jimmerson

As promised in late summer, lawyer Mark Nelis has repackaged his proposal for the controversial 178-unit Catoctin Creek Apartment complex. Inappropriate development can come to growing towns like Purcellville with lightening speed, greased by a wink and a nod by those who are (supposedly) charged with the public trust and the developer’s “sales force” – insiders who know the soft spot citizens have for terms such as “family friendly,” “low-cost housing,” and “open [air] space.” But, an increasingly well-educated and wary public, I hope, will see through the language being used to try and get this project over the finish line.

In October, the Town of Purcellville received a revised concept plan application for the construction of an approximately 178-unit apartment complex on Hirst Road along with a large outdoor and indoor “entertainment complex” to also include retail. The project includes different properties under different owners now lumped into one application. … Continue Reading

The Last Hardware Store?

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In their 2011 documentary The Last Hardware Store, noted portrait photographer and executive producer Sarah Huntington, director and veteran videographer Peter Buck and well-known advertising agency owner and writer/editor Drew Babb tell the nearly 100-year-old story of Nichols Hardware.

Representing, in many ways, the commercial lynchpin of Purcellville’s Historic District, Nichols Hardware is remarkable not only for the fact that it will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary next year, but also for the fact that you and I, old timers and newcomers alike can walk into Nichols today and experience the same thing a customer in the early part of the 20th Century would have experienced. Personal service. Quality products. Problem solving for that pesky household job.

Just as Nichols advertised back in the day, “We have the largest and most compete stock of hardware and furniture in the county … “ so goes the Nichols story today – not withstanding the product selection, size and reach of big box stores such as Home Depot. … Continue Reading

LaRock: Ready to Go to Work and Serve

November 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock: Ready to Go to Work and Serve
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I am pleased that the voters of the district endorsed our message and propelled my campaign to a solid victory. I’m honored and humbled to be selected by the voters of the 33rd District as their Delegate-elect.

Now it’s time to deliver on what I promised. I look forward to serving the District and our Commonwealth by focusing on improving our economy, attracting quality jobs, and building a better Virginia for our children and our grandchildren. … Continue Reading

Etch-A-Sketch Dave LaRock

October 31, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Recent letters by supporters of Dave LaRock have unintentionally revealed why their candidate is so afraid of public debates. In one letter responding to an account of a disturbing tirade about “Sharia law” made by Mr. LaRock at a Back-to-School night, Kristen Kalina first tries to claim that the conversation was “made up,” then offers the sorry admission that it must have taken place in a previous year, “when people were more focused on terrorism.” Her argument seems to be that while it was acceptable to spout off such extreme and ignorant rhetoric back in 2012 or 2011, now that he’s decided to run for public office Mr. LaRock would keep such bigotry to himself – and therefore his intemperate words back then shouldn’t be brought up.

Likewise, Mr. LaRock made some notably hateful and ignorant remarks about Loudoun’s LGBT residents back in 2011 in his attack on another candidate. While it may be true that his extreme anti-gay views were more socially acceptable in 2011 than they are now – and thus are now more likely to harm his campaign – this fact does not excuse or make irrelevant his bigoted remarks. It’s clear that Mr. LaRock has no interest in representing all of his would-be constituents, and bland statements about how he’s (now) focused on “the economy and transportation” do nothing to change this.

Mr. LaRock appears to lack the strength of character to own up to his words: To say either “yes, I said that – and I now realize I was wrong,” or “yes, I said that – and I still believe it,” and let the chips fall where they may. That would at least be honest. Instead, he demands to be shielded from any questions that might undermine the slick “Etch-A-Sketch” version of himself he wishes to present now. The truth is that he has left a trail of extreme rhetoric and hotheaded lawless behavior (willful destruction of private property) that he cannot hide in an open forum not under his complete control. The real Dave LaRock can only appear before his like-minded friends, in private.

David Weintraub
Lovettsville

Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate

October 30, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate
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This November, voters of the 33rd District have a clear choice between two fundamentally distinct candidates for House of Delegates: Dave LaRock who resoundingly defeated the Republican incumbent in the primary election, and Mary Daniel who just recently entered the race. If campaign conduct has anything to do with how we cast our votes, I prefer the candidate who has remained solidly focused on the issues and who has refrained from finger pointing accusations that have little to do with our main concerns as citizens of the 33rd District, which include but are not limited to taxes, education, traffic, agriculture and standing up to Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Stop Your War on Women

October 27, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Mrs. Daniel and her supporters are falsely trying to get voters to believe that Dave LaRock wants to amend Virginia’s constitution and also have women report miscarriages to law enforcement. These messages simply aren’t true. Dave has never supported either of these measures.

In addition, demonstrating the lack of principles of Dave’s opponent and her supporters, these kind of attacks show the eagerness of Democrats to shift the discussion from the real issues that are facing the district and the real problems that matter to them. The facts speak for themselves. … Continue Reading

Support Public Education

October 20, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Support Public Education
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Professional educators in district 33 are proud of their service to Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun’s 100 + public schools, so when I read that candidates for state legislature could potentially dismantle Virginia’s public education system, I’m alarmed. While instructional needs should guide decisions about funding, we see arbitrary tax limits suggested before local school boards even submit requests.

I attended August’s “meet and greet” for Mary Daniel and expressed grave concern for protection of public education funding. Ms. Daniel sensed my frustration and answered me in thoughtful and articulate manner, reassuring me “educational funding should be a priority for the General Assembly.” … 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

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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

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

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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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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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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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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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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