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Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State. … Continue Reading

Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards

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The March of Dimes is now accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Heroines of Washington awards program. The event will honor women in the D.C. region for their dedication to community service.

Awards will be presented for the following categories: … Continue Reading

Remembering Dorothy Harper

Remembering Dorothy Harper

Dorothy Wolford Harper, a lifelong Loudoun County resident, passed away on April 10 at the age of 95. Harper was born June 13, 1920 to the late G.B. and Elsie Wolford of Hamilton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harper, and sister, Virginia Wolford.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Harper worked at the Bank of Commerce in Washington, DC.  Her stories of long slow commutes in the back seat of a crowded sedan in the 1940’s were priceless. … Continue Reading

Local Navy Lt. in Operations in Latvia

Local Navy Lt. In Operations In Latvia

In mid-April, Lt. J.G. Sean Scales, from Sterling (forward), relays messages to the bridge from Cmdr. Charles Hampton, commanding officer of USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), and a Latvian pilot as the ship pulls into Riga, Latvia. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. ?“Driving a warship requires a great deal of knowledge regarding environmental effects and the characteristics of the vessel. When you are responsible for the safe navigation of something so colossal, these understandings must be taken into consideration. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all of my ship driving experience and skill sets come together when serving aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75),” said LT. J.G. Sean Scales USN.

Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch/Released

Dear Nana, Dear Mom

Dear Nana, Dear Mom: Thank You For Giving Me A Sense Of Place

Thank You for Giving Me a Sense of Place

Long after I had graduated from college, and started a career, and purchased my first apartment, I still had another place I’d always call “home:” 75 Shore Road.

The small, old house at 75 Shore Road was a modified cape built by a man named Henry Willse in about 1805. Later known as the historic Bayles House, it was at one time owned by David “Boss” Bayles, a well-known shipbuilder from the area. In the mid-1800s just about every house on the road had a shipyard. Today it is a dreamy residential neighborhood on the water with a beach and a popular boatyard. … Continue Reading

Traveling with Myles

Traveling with Mylies

By Myles Mellor

Almost everyone has the urge to move around the country or the globe at some point in their lives.

Whether you are a student on a backpacking tour or a retired couple on a cruise, the urge to see new places and different cultures is strong.

You have probably relied on traditional vacations and cruises, but I wanted to introduce you to new option. … Continue Reading

Time for Someone Else to Step Up

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There’s a famous saying in sports, that goes something like this: “It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”

Purcellville native Jeff Brown – who retired from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 after 32 years, and who will pass on another great legacy this year when he hangs up his Little League coaching glove of 25 years – may as well have had that famous quote tattooed up and down his arm. As manager of The Phillies, he’s that well known, that good, and that genuine, batting in the high 300s game after game, after game. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley’s Julia McNamara Meditating through the Marvels of High School

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley’s Julia McNamara Meditating through the Marvels of High School
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By Amanda Clark

Julia McNamara, a sophomore at Loudoun Valley High School, has begun to deal with her stress and anxieties by practicing a type of meditation called Mindfulness. Mindfulness is derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice called Vipassana and is designed to develop the skill of paying attention to inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. … Continue Reading

Focus On: Harvie Water Solutions – Roy Barr

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Focus On: Harvie Water Solutions – Roy Barr
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Roy Barr began his career in water treatment while serving in the United States Air Force.  Since that time, Barr has spent over 20 years in the private sector providing water quality solutions to Loudoun and Clarke county residents and the surrounding areas.  Barr dedicates his small business, Harvie Water Solutions, by providing superior service and solutions to both residential and commercial clients.  Barr and his wife Barbara are proud residents of Loudoun County along with their six children and their Australian Shepherd, Cooper. To learn more about Harvie Water Solutions go to harviewater.com.

Photo by Sarah Huntington

Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville Achieves Eagle Scout Rank
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Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, along with Delegate Dave LaRock and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Director of Community Outreach Dave Steamier, was in attendance at the ceremony. Fraser read an official Town of Purcellville proclamation declaring February 8, 2016, as “Campbell Hayes Baker Day” in Purcellville. Fraser quoted from the book of Isaiah, saying: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” … Continue Reading

Positive People in Purcellville

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Positive People in Purcellville
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By Amanda Clark

Purcellville is a town that has been around for several years and is home to many. What makes Purcellville a town that nobody wants to leave is the people. There are so many hardworking people of Purcellville that bring a light to the town. They get their job done while making everybody that crosses their path smile. … Continue Reading

Remembering William “Will” Robinson

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William “Will” Robinson
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William Carl-Johan Courtney Robinson was born on April 16, 1998 in Leesburg, coming into the world in a rush. He just barely made it to the hospital and that was the way he lived his life. He was loving and fearless and often times reckless but he lived in the moment and he was always authentically himself. William passed away on January 14. He attended Wakefield School in The Plains through eighth grade and then Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, where he was a junior.

William leaves behind a large and close family: parents, Ann-Charlotte and Martin and brother, Nicholas of Upperville; grandparents, Ann-Mari Horkan of Upperville, Tessa Robinson of Cheltenham, UK, Monty and Maggie Robinson of Shrewsbury, UK, and Ylva Lindgren of Washington, Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann-Caroline Boram of Reston, VA; Ellie and David Simons of Stroud, UK; Carl and Vanessa Lindgren of Upperville, Tony Horkan and Maria Ottonello of Upperville, Lizzy Horkan of Annapolis, MD, Annie Horkan of Vero Beach, FL, Kathryn and Steve Wills on the road, Claes Nordin of Washington, VA; and a host of cousins, Erica Lindgren and her intended Allan Hoff of Sterling, Alison Campbell of San Antonio, TX, Emily Moody of Boulder, CO, Anthony Horkan of Arlington, and Brittany Horkan of Denver, CO, Joshua and Megan Ryan and little Indigo of Upperville, James Ryan of Miami Beach, FL, and Bobby Nordin of Washington, VA. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley’s Max McNerney Stringing His Way Up the Entrepreneurial Ladder

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley’s Max McNerney Stringing His Way Up the Entrepreneurial Ladder
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By Amanda Clark

Max McNerney, a senior at Loudoun Valley High School, has his own lacrosse stringing business titled MaxLaxStrings. Max started the business when he was in eighth grade. He strings all different types of pockets and sells a custom waxed mesh called MaxWax Mesh that makes the pocket of the lacrosse stick waterproof and adds durability. McNerney says: “On a personal level, MaxLaxStrings is so much more. It is the one thing I have poured my passion into throughout my whole high-school career and has taught me more than any business class could.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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

Character Outlives Us All

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

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

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Calendar

May 2016
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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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

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

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

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

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

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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

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

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

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

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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Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

30 May 2016

Desk in the sky

Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, …

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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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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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