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Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine

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The Town of Purcellville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board announces that the Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field. Despite the weeks of wet weather and the anticipation of rain overnight Friday, this exciting event will continue as scheduled and we look forward to a great day of music, art, and supporting local vendors. … Continue Reading

Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

Organizers of the 47th Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 17 and 18, announced that Denise Kupiszewski of Shepherdstown, WV is the winner of this year’s poster design contest. Her submission, “Harvest Moon”, features a larger-than-life moon with a fox and pumpkins in the foreground. The poster design will grace the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt and mug.

Denise is a two-time winner of the poster contest. Her very popular design, “The Birds of Bluemont,” won in 2011. To learn more about Denise, visit her website at www.themudpeddler.com.

Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates

April 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates
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At its April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting, the Purcellville Town Council adopted the Real Property Tax Rate, Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate, Personal Property and Business Property Tax Rates, and the Personal Property Tax Relief Act Resolution.

The Real Property Tax Rate was adopted at the current rate of $0.22 per $100 assessed value, representing no change in the rate. This is also slightly less than the equalized tax rate of $0.222. New growth in the community will result in higher revenues even though the rate remains unchanged. The Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate was also approved at its current rate of $0.035 per $100 assessed value. The Town Council noted that this Service District covers more than just the improvements at Fireman’s Field, including the Bush Tabernacle/Skating Rink, signature events such as the Wine and Food Festival and the Music and Arts Festival, support of the recreational and cultural advisory committees and activities, and oversight of the special events ordinance. … Continue Reading

Conservation Easement Recorded Without Supermajority Vote

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Conservation Easement Recorded Without Supermajority Vote
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By Valerie Cury

While the majority of easements donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation are from private landowners, the Town of Purcellville in March 2009 put the 1,272-acre town water reservoir property into a conservation easement.

At the time, the Council got much fanfare for a conservation easement that was the largest granted in Loudoun County and the first by a municipality in the County. Former Mayor Lazaro benefited in the years following the much publicized easement. In October 2010, he was appointed to the Virginia Municipal League’s Go Green Advisory Committee and in 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell tapped Lazaro for a seat on the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees setting a course for his future employment at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. … Continue Reading

On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile
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On Sunday, May 1 individuals and families from all over came together in Purcellville for Sadie’s Race, reminding us why each and every life we welcome into the world is so very special.

Sadie’s Race is a 5k event and fun run organized in honor of Sadie Ablard, a courageous five-year old who died in August of 2011 after sustaining a serious head injury while roller-skating. … Continue Reading

Local Survivor Competes for Cancer Group’s Woman of the Year

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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People say that life changed the instant they got the diagnosis. That’s when the beast known as cancer knocked on their door and came crashing down on themselves and their family, time, stopped.

They also say that you learn something about life. You learn to tap into the very best of yourself, and you come to understand the incredible power you have to positively impact the lives of others … maybe even save a life. And, this is exactly what happened to Purcellville’s Tracy Robinson. … Continue Reading

Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County

March 20, 2016 Our Towns Comments Off on Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County
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The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Sixth Annual “Sonrise” Easter Celebration on Sunday, March 27 at the Loudoun Salvation Army Headquarters on Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.

Before he makes his appearance, participants will be treated to a family-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and juice at 9:00 a.m. provided by the Loudoun Salvation Army and prepared by volunteers. … Continue Reading

“Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on “Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”
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The Blue Ridge Leader reports that Lincoln and the wider western Loudoun community has been exceptionally generous in assisting the Lloyd family as they put their lives back together in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed their home in early February.
The community’s goal is to raise $40,000. As of March 1, the Lincoln Community League Crowd Rise website had received tens of thousands of dollars in donations, with thousands more coming in to the Lincoln Post office as concerned friends and neighbors dropped off their own individual donation checks. … Continue Reading

Hunter Snags the Big Game

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hunter Snags the Big Game
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LVHS Student Named Gatorade Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year

The local sports world is calling his a “meteoric, record-shattering” rise in the world of running. LVHS student Drew Hunter, having first been recognized as Virginia’s best high school cross-country athlete two years in a row – and then setting and resetting the record for the fastest indoor mile in U.S. high school history – has now been named the Gatorade National Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year. … Continue Reading

Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe

February 10, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe
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The first in a series of three-month long art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall features the works of local artist Penny Hauffe. The show runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. The first floor corridors of Town Hall now have a gallery-level hanging system which creates an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work. … Continue Reading

Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

February 4, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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Lincoln House Fire Under Investigation

February 3, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lincoln House Fire Under Investigation
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating last night’s fire at longstanding Lincoln residence.

Monday, February 1, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a fire in the 18000 block of Lincoln Road in the Village of Lincoln. Fire and rescue units from Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Philomont, Lovettsville, Brambleton, Leesburg and Loudoun Heights responded to the incident. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Providing Sports Funding

January 11, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Providing Sports Funding
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The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,200 allocated in the FY 2015 – 2016 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and mail the completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132 or e-mail mscoggins@purcellvilleva.us All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 18.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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