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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

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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

Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls
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Byron Bushara is a senior at Wakefield School in The Plains and his life’s dream is to be a doctor. Because of Byron’s passion for medicine, he decided to dedicate part of his senior year to immersing himself in “Goals Beyond The Net”, a non-profit organization based in Haiti. Far from civilization as he knew it, Byron has found himself in the bowels of Haiti’s impoverished areas with the goal to “learn” but also to “give back”. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame
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By Amanda Clark

Kyle Miller, junior at Woodgrove High School, has his own film company titled SendItFilms. He specializes in filming action sports such as Motocross racers like himself. Miller says, “I started SendItFilms with the idea in mind to bring high quality video to places and people that otherwise would not have the ability to access such a service.”

Miller was first interested in making videos in the fifth grade. A couple years later a media company called Vurbmoto released a META Edit Contest in which they provided clips of raw footage that you needed to edit yourself into creating a three to four minute video. Miller said, “This opened my eyes to what I could really be capable of.” Last winter, Miller purchased around $1,000 worth of gear and began to put his name out there via social media. After that SendItFilms took off, Miller has made enough money to pay off his original investment and now makes a profit from it. “With each project, I try to change things up a tiny bit and I am always experimenting with new techniques to see what exactly will get me the best results, “said Miller. … Continue Reading

Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award
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Doctor John Morgan of Loudon County has been awarded the Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS, The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy.

The 2015 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award winners were recently announced at the 36th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized 10 outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their dedication to EMS and excellence in the field. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

ASHBURNTEENA Loudoun County Eagle Scout has collected almost 2000 new stuffed animals for first-responders as part of his community service project.
Andrew Stephenson, an Eagle Scout, Ashburn resident and Broad Run High School senior, originally set out to collect 200 teddy bears as part of his Teddy Bear Brigade project but ultimately collected 1,856 stuffed animals. The stuffed animals were presented to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System as part of a ceremony on December 10. … Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Leslie Carroll Ogilvie 

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dr. Leslie Carroll Ogilvie 
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Dr. Leslie Carroll Ogilvie, 86, a prominent dentist in Purcellville for over 50 years, died November 13, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Ogilvie was born on August 3, 1929 in Ashland, Virginia. He attended Randolph Macon College, graduating with honors. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and the L.D. Pankey Dental School in Miami, Florida. Ogilvie, requested by one of his Professors to create a new idea thesis, wrote a paper on the utilization of magnets as diagnostic tools, which led to the development of today’s MRI machine.

While waiting to be called for the Navy, Ogilvie practiced dentistry for the Virginia Methodist Orphanage. He was a Lieutenant in the Navy for two years.

In 1955 Ogilvie came to Purcellville, to begin his dental practice upon the recommendation of Dr. Harry Lyons, taking over the practice of Dr. J.D. Edmonson. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Teen Releasing Video To Promote Pop Single “Own It”

December 2, 2015 People Comments Off on Leesburg Teen Releasing Video To Promote Pop Single “Own It”

Jeyhan, a 15-year-old Pop/R&B singer hailing from Leesburg, will release his first single and the accompanying music video. The song, titled “Own It,” is about following one’s passions. “Own It” is about doing what you love to do in life your way and owning it, even if it isn’t what others want you to do or isn’t the normal thing to do. I wanted to write a song that everyone, not just teens, could relate to and I think the song has a really inspirational message,” said Jeyhan who is a sophomore at Riverside High School in Lansdowne. The song will be available on ITunes, Amazon and Google Play. The video will be available on social media sites. 

Jeyhan recently won a singing competition with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and was selected to sing on live television during the event. He has performed for CureFest, Miss Intercontinental United States and the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III

December 2, 2015 People Comments Off on Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III
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Wilberto Pitre, III, the son of Shannon Lopez and Wilberto Pitre, Jr and brother of Victoriana, Gabrielle and Dominic Pitre passed away Sunday, November 22, at the age of 15.

He was a valiant leader in his family and a bold follower of Christ. Pitre sought to support and respect his parents, older sisters, Victoriana and Gabrielle’s guidance and shared his wisdom with his younger brother, Dominic.

Pitre regularly reached out to inquire how others were doing and send his love. Beautiful family trips to spend time with aunts, uncles and cousins were the highlights of each summer break. There are such special memories of his exploits in the Minnesota lakes and the ocean waters of Puerto Rico. … Continue Reading

Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards
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Donna Bohannon and Al Van Huyck were honored at the 23rd annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 9, for their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.

The first honoree, Donna Bohanon, has been a member of the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library since 2000, when it was founded. Over the years, Ms. Bohanon has made many contributions to documenting, preserving and promoting Loudoun County’s African American history. She worked with Loudoun County Public Schools on the remembrance event for the former Douglass Elementary School prior to its demolition and the permament exhibit on school desegregation in the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School. She has represented Loudoun County and the Black History Committee at numerous conference and seminars, most recently speaking on the topic of “Activating Interest in African American History” at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference earlier this year. Through her efforts, Loudoun County’s African American history is a recognized and celebrated part of the County’s heritage. … Continue Reading

Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun

December 1, 2015 People Comments Off on Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun
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Kerem Baki, winemaker at Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, plans to teach three viticulture courses at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College during the spring 2016 semester.

NOVA’s viticulture program got off to good start in the fall 2015 semester with Baki teaching “Introduction to Viticulture.” He will build on that course with “Viticulture I,” “Introduction to Wine Making” and “Vineyard Pruning” in the spring. The courses are open to everyone with no prerequisites.

“Viticulture I” (VEN 120) studies grape vine training, pruning, trellising, shoot positioning, leaf pulling and other cultural practices used in a successful vineyard. Students will learn about canopy management as it relates to disease control and how to research sites and develop skills for disease abatement. … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

November 28, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
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Amanda Imthurn, Olivia Reed and Lorallye Partlow, senior Girl Scouts in Troop 6878 from Woodgrove High School, have earned their Girl Scout Silver Award. These young ladies took over the management, planning, planting and harvesting of the GrOwen Garden at Round Hill United Methodist Church for the last 10 months. The GrOwen team worked with hundreds of teen serve campers out of Leesburg, Girl Scouts in western.

Loudoun and the Kids Care Camp of RHUMC to educate children on organic gardening, using non GMO plants and “planting to serve.” In turn the kids provided much needed labor to sustain GrOwen through the harvesting season. This GrOwen garden provided over 2,000 vegetables to a local food pantry and their Silver program has created the beginnings of a continued youth led garden movement at Round Hill United Methodist Church.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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