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First Friday – Shop Local

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Since September the retail and service merchants have donated time and funding to making this sleepy town come alive. Horse-drawn carriage rides, face-painting, free munchies and beverages, live music, and wine tastings from wineries as far as Delaplane, Virginia, have all been a part of keeping it local. These businesses strive to keep the charm of the Town to what attracted residents to settle in Purcellville. This truly is a hometown feel where residents and visitors co-mingle one night of the month for a family-friendly free event.

Advertisement has been through press releases, tourism websites and social media outlets. With little success have I been able to have the Town of Purcellville acknowledge or endorse the event. Several attempts have been made to have the mayor include it in his bimonthly newsletters, and also in the Citizens Update that is mailed to town residents, again with no success. Similar private business events such as the Townwide Tag Sale and the Halloween Block Party have been advertised using your tax dollar. So what singles out First Friday? Ask the mayor next time you see him why he doesn’t include First Friday in any of his communications. … Continue Reading

Wow, Wow, Wow!

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

What else can we say about the second annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party. The people of Purcellville and our neighbors from surrounding communities came out in droves to party in Old Town Saturday night and had a awesome time! The costumes were a sight to see in the crowd of 5,000, and many went home with cash prizes and trophies for their effort.

We must thank the following companies and organizations for without their support we would never have pulled this off. First and foremost thank you to the Town of Purcellville, Mayor Bob Lazaro, Town Manager Rob Lohr, the Town Council and Mitch from Public Works; whatever we asked the Town for they provided it. The list goes on : the Purcellville Business Association and President Jim Bowman for handling the finances and getting the word out to potential sponsors; Improv Comedy group “Last Ham Standing” for a hilarious show, Dave Levinson of Wickedesign.com for the most creative art and poster design; Scott Kinney of Shamrock Music Shoppe for organizing the live music and Ben Weber, publisher of the Purcellville Gazette for MC-ing like a pro! Much gratitude to our costume contest judges: Mayor Bob Lazaro, Loudoun County Supervisor Janet Clarke (Blue Ridge District), Chief of Police Darryl Smith, and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. Some tough decisions you had to make. A “BIG THANKS” to all the sponsors for their monetary support; Giant for taking on the main sponsorship, Butterfly Gourmet, Middleburg Bank, Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe,Market Burger & Fries, Atoka Properties, Boodacades BBQ, Casper Insurance Group, Bank of Clarke County, Purcellville Gazette, Zicht & Associates,PLC, Chapman Group, Mark Nelis, P.A., Tony Hudimac, CPA, Dr. Annette Hudler, Magnolias at the Mill, Ken Nichols & Nichols Hardware ( for the use of your parking lot and electricity), Dental Smiles, TMG Construction,Loudoun Veterinary Service, Yoga Time Studio, Purcellville Community Marketplace,Sarah Huntington Photography and the Blue Ridge Eagle Ladies Auxiliary. Steve Vermecky, Loudoun Valley H.S. and Jerry Gordon, Woodgrove H.S. for providing us with student volunteers. The following individuals helped with the kids’ games: Warren Grossman, Rose Mohammed, Sam & Ray Rees, Jane’ La Fleur, Terry Nelis and the Girl Scouts, Mindy Piland, Darren and Shannon Casper and family. And last but not least to all the fantastic people who came dressed in costumes or came out to watch those in costumes; you were the party!Until next year and the 3rd Annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party which will be bigger and better, thanks again to everyone!

Michael Oaks and Kim Patterson-Oaks
Chaircouple, Purcellville Halloween Block Party, Re-Love It

Not Built for Earthquakes

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Our house is shaking. You can feel the floors vibrate when you walk on them, or the chair shaking as you sit and write a letter. The glasses on the shelves rattle against one another with a delicate tinkling sound. It happens every day of the week, for hours on end.

Only once did I feel the same kind of vibration in the house. That was the August before last, when for several seconds, the 5.8 earthquake near Mineral Virginia shook the house for a few seconds, at most. My son came downstairs and we looked at each other and I said, “Is that what an earthquake feels like?” And he nodded, (*having lived for years in L.A.), “That’s exactly what it feels like.”

Now it’s constant. Heavy machinery much too close to our 1908 house to be safe for the foundation, building a road, pounding the earth, crushing whatever is below, including whatever archeological artifacts that might have been recovered (two arrowheads have been found on the farm). And, it will continue for many more weeks.

The house has stood for over one hundred years. It’s a very well-built house. But then, it wasn’t built for earthquakes.

Uta Brown
Purcellville

The Real Meaning of Aloha … Lost

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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I have come full circle from Moloka’i, Hawai’i back to the old Quaker Brown Family Farm, where I once lived and worked in the late seventies. Much has remained the same, but there are some drastic changes.

The heritage of the farm dates back 250 years. By all rights it should be made a state if not a national treasure in our historical records of Virginia.

The farm is still alive with orchards of apples, pears, blackberries and cherries. Stands of walnut trees date back to the early part of the last century. Families and droves of school children come to enjoy a day of picking, picnicking, and learning about the orchards.

However, due to the blind vision of local officials, the Brown Farm is being split in two by ambitious, unnecessary road construction.

It saddens my heart that this once quiet, peaceful farm is being disturbed by the sound of heavy equipment and construction cutting through the tranquil orchards. I am left with the bittersweet thankfulness that Howell and Irma Brown, who I consider my second parents, are not here to see their farm devastated by so called progress and disregard of private property.

Officials may often be blinded by false progress and revenue. Perhaps they need to take a stroll though the rows of Quaker Heritage and find the real meaning of Aloha.

John David Myers
Purcellville

Apartment Complex Wrong for Purcellville

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 2 comments
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By Karen Jimmerson

Growth has impacts on every aspect of quality of life that people care about: environmental, social amenity, economic welfare, and cost of living. Many current residents of Purcellville moved here because of the way it is; newcomers are attracted by the way it is; and few would argue that they made the choice based on what it might become.

I am opposed to the proposed high-density apartment complex off Hirst Road; a development that could bring in excess of 600 additional residents and would have nearly 10 percent of the town’s population traveling through this corridor. This complex would be the fourth tax-credit (low-income) property in Purcellville, a town that has a higher ratio of tax-credit properties per capita than all other communities in Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Please Help Provide Thanksgiving Dinners to Needy Residents in Loudoun County

November 4, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

The dramatic downturn in our economy continues to force thousands of families in Loudoun County cope with an incredible challenge – feeding their families. Loudoun Interfaith Relief provides emergency food assistance to our community. This holiday season we want to provide something “extra” to help others. This year, we will be providing food for families to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We need your help.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief is planning to distribute Thanksgiving Dinner baskets to 2,000 families. We are proud to offer this assistance and we are looking forward to the challenge. We know we can accomplish this goal! Thanksgiving Dinner food distribution will take place on Friday, November 16th, Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th at Loudoun Interfaith Relief which is located at 750 Miller Drive, Suite A-1 Leesburg, Virginia. Call 703-777-5911 for further information or visit the web site at www.interfaithrelief.org. Items will need to be delivered before November Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
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Yes to Allen, No to Kaine

November 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

America is in danger. We face unprecedented loss of liberty, weakened national security, ignored Constitutional firewalls, and an European fiscal future. My children will inherit a severely weakened country; and her future is more uncertain than ever.

The Senate election is just as critical as the Presidency; and my family’s choice is George Allen. Tim Kaine is an extreme Leftist/Progressive, albeit with a smooth Clintonian style. Electing him is asking for six years of Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s policies and tactics. … Continue Reading

Property Rights Amendment

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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There’s already a law on the books in the Virginia that stops the government from using its power of eminent domain to take someone’s home or farm or business simply because someone else wants to develop the land, but that’s merely a law, and if the General Assembly ever decides to change the rules, it can, at any time.

That’s why we need to vote “yes” on Question 1 on Nov. 6. Our property rights shouldn’t depend on the whims of politicians. We need to change the state Constitution to guarantee that state and local government can’t take our homes or farms or businesses and hand it over to some developer.

Question 1 specifies that eminent domain cannot be used unless it’s for a true “public use,” such as roads or schools, and it would ensure just compensation, including payment for lost access and profits. It also would prevent the government from taking more land than it needed. … Continue Reading

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

Open Letter to Chairman

October 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I have read your statement earlier today regarding the alleged misconduct of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and am somewhat encouraged that the Board intends to look into this but I don’t see how, however well intended this effort may be, that the Board can “independently” investigate itself.

Accordingly, I have some observations and recommendations.

You must appreciate, how, even the appointment by the board of an “independent” counsel would be suspect if the Board was making the selection.

Given what has already transpired, according to your public statement, this appears to be a legitimate concern.

I am talking about the supposed criminal referral of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct as to, among other possible subjects of investigation, the misappropriation of public services. … Continue Reading

Open Letter to Loudoun County Chairman Scott York from Former Supervisor Stevens Miller

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

Dear Sir:

I am sure you will remember the several conversations you and I have had about Sterling district supervisor Eugene Delgaudio. Thus, we bothknow what you think of his fitness for office. In 2007, you had the political and personal courage to endorse Mr. Delgaudio’s opponent.

You did not let party or politics stop you from acting in the best interests of your community.

In the Washington Post’s September 25 article alleging official misconduct by Mr. Delgaudio, you are reported to have said there is nothing you or your board can do to discipline one of your members. … Continue Reading

Who Will Represent All of the People, All of the Time … Honestly?

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

I am deeply disappointed to have recently found out that my Loudoun County and Blue Ridge District representatives, Janet Clarke and Scott York, do not feel inclined to be open and transparent with all of their constituents, all of the time. Mrs. Clarke’s recent actions are completely contrary to her flowery promises during the campaign. She stated in many speeches and on her website that she would “create more transparency, openness, and accountability in government to promote better communication between individuals and their elected officials.” I would like to know when she decided that she would completely exclude Blue Ridge District residents living inside and outside the Town of Purcellville from two meetings regarding Autumn Hill and the “pending lawsuit” between the property owner/developer and Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Why I’m Voting for Barack Obama

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

I will vote for President Barack Obama next month so that he can continue fighting for the economic and social welfare of all Americans, while he brings our troops home from Afghanistan and maintains peaceful and productive relations with our friends and allies.

When Barack Obama won the 2008 election, I was delighted but thought, that poor man. Who would want to become President when the country was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and faced the threat of international terrorism? The U.S. economy was in crisis with major banks, investment and insurance companies, and even General Motors close to failure. Millions of homeowners were facing foreclosure, industrial production and sales were slow and millions of Americans were being laid off. Rising health care costs plagued families and businesses while tens of millions of Americans had no health insurance. In our private economy, his power to boost production, create jobs, stabilize credit, and protect homeowners was limited. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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