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New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town of Leesburg recently created a new bike route connecting the trail system on the north side of town with the W&OD Trail.

The new bike route begins at the W&OD Trail crossing on Sycolin Road, near Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and extends north along Sycolin Road, Principal Drummond Way and Plaza Street to Battlefield Parkway. The bike route, which is approximately 1.6 miles long, contains both dedicated bike lanes and “share the road” sections. The dedicated bike lanes are marked with white lines separating them from the motor vehicle travel lanes and from the on-street parking lanes. The entire route will be designated with bicyclist stencils on the pavement and signage alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists on the road. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Fire Department Transitions from Volunteers to Career Personnel

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Chaplain Charles Wallace, president of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department, announced that the department has officially restructured its protocol for first responders and has transitioned from a volunteer force to career (paid) personnel, to be owned and run by Loudoun County.

“We are very sad to have to make this transition, but I believe that this is a sign of our times,” Wallace said. “We have struggled for the past two years to find and retain volunteers and, unlike years past, people have very busy lives and are no longer able to commit to the many hours that are necessary to be a volunteer. After careful consideration, and trying unsuccessfully to recruit volunteers, we realize that we are not able to fulfill county and state requirements to continue as a volunteer company. The transition has been seamless and the community will continue to receive the exceptional service and response that has always been given.” … Continue Reading

The Revered “Mr. Charlie” To Turn 108

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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In the Blue Ridge Leader’s August 2014 issue we celebrated the upcoming birthday of Mr. Charlie Clark. We are grateful to be able to do that again, as are all of the family, friends and even brief acquaintances of this lovely man. Clarke will turn 108 on August 23.

Born in 1907, Clark is perhaps the oldest – and certainly among the oldest – living WWII veterans. He is also the only surviving officer of the original Loudoun County Emancipation Association. … Continue Reading

Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

July 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager
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The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Mike Goodrich has been hired as the new Finance Operations Manager. Mr. Goodrich started in his new position on Monday, June 22. He will oversee the collection of taxes and fees and the operation of the finance counter at Town Hall.

A Certified Public Manager (CPM), Mr. Goodrich comes to the Town after 20 years with Arlington County, where he was most recently the Director of Administration for Arlington Economic Development. Mr. Goodrich has extensive previous experience in the finance and contracting aspects of parks and recreation, public safety and other local government functions. … Continue Reading

Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary
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In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
 
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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location
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Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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July 4th Parade Applications Available

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on July 4th Parade Applications Available
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Applications for the annual 4th of July Parade are now available. The Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Purcellville’s parade is being held on Saturday, July 4 at 12:30.

For 2015 the top three patriotic themed entries will receive a banner to carry during the parade. Winners will be selected by the July 4th Parade citizen volunteer group based on creative, musical, and patriotic decorations incorporating the 2015 theme, “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.” Winners will be notified prior to the parade so that winning units can display their prize banners during the parade. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights
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Round Hill’s 13th annual Hometown Festival was May 23. There was a full-day of activities. Highlights included 187 runners in the Round Hill 5K starting the day. The popular pie-eating contest was won by Robert Cairns from Round Hill Exxon with Round Hill Elementary School Principal Andrew Davis coming in second and RHES PE teacher Eric Turrill coming in third.

The day also included a parade, Memorial Day ceremony and downhill derby. Entertainment was provided throughout the day and into the evening. … Continue Reading

World War II Bombers Buzz Purcellville

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on World War II Bombers Buzz Purcellville
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By David L. Eno

The unexpected bombers flew out of the west, circled overhead with the rumbling large radial engines and headed toward the southeast … bound for Washington. Motorists on U. S. Route 7 pulled to the sides of the road and grabbed their cameras, because there had never been anything like it.  On the first day, the fleet of 56 airplanes seemed to be right over the tree level. They circled until the other vintage air craft arrived and went into formation.

People heard the roar of the engines and all eyes turned toward the sky – even some of the cows in the pastures outside of town took notice. In most cases it was all unexpected.  World War II bombers and fighter planes – the very ones that helped bring victory in Europe and the Pacific – were headed to D.C. to highlight the 70th anniversary of VE Day – Victory Over Europe.  They flew in formations in a salute to war veterans under the auspices of the Commemorative Air Force (formerly the Confederate Air Force). … Continue Reading

Names Approved for County Park, Adult Day Center

May 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Names Approved for County Park, Adult Day Center
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved names for a new county park and the county’s adult day center in Purcellville.

“Corner Hall Park” is the official name for the park site located adjacent to Kirkpatrick Farms in Aldie. It is a developer proffer in the Blue Ridge district, consisting of 15.29-acres, with approximately 7.5 acres designated for recreational use. The proposed park will be located at the intersection of (future) Gardena Drive and Northstar Boulevard. The property will feature a pond, one (unlighted) rectangle athletic field, landscaping and parking. … Continue Reading

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

May 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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On Saturday, June 20, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the third town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 30 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating Middleburg as an arts destination, Art in the Burg, will also feature plein air artists, music, and wine. During this celebration of the arts, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art, talk with the artists and enjoy the many venues that will have art on display. The historic Town of Middleburg also offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

“The creative talent from area artists is amazing!” said Art in the Burg organizer Peter Wood. “Middleburg is the perfect venue to bring visitors and artists together with its history and charm. Art in the Burg will be an incredible day to experience this vibrant culture that is part of our community.”

Visit http://www.middleburgarts.org/artintheburg.html for additional information.

Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

May 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor
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Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson announced his candidacy, May 18, as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

He is excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters. “Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district. I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge,” said Jimmerson

The Blue Ridge District covers a vast area of land that includes western Loudoun County and Brambleton. Richard understands the needs of these two areas are often not aligned. He will work hard as Supervisor to bring needed infrastructure improvements for the rapidly growing Brambleton area and will relentlessly advocate for both preservation and conservation efforts in Western Loudoun.

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Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project
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The town of Middleburg has received a $50,000 donation from Middleburg Beautification & Preservation, Inc. to assist with the purchase and installation of new dark sky and pedestrian friendly streetlights along Washington Street. It has also received the proceeds of a Dark Sky Initiatives Fund, for $13,273, from the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, for the installation of dark sky lighting in Middleburg. The new street lights will replace the existing old cobra-head fixtures. The new lights will be installed as a part of the Washington Street Streetscape Project/VDOT Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2015.

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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