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Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Amelia Brown, a Woodgrove High School junior from Waterford, for membership. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.
“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Amelia has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Claes Nobel, NSHSS founder and chairman. “Amelia is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Amelia build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”

Remembering Robert Thomas Harrington, II

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Robert Thomas Harrington, II, of Purcellville, died August 1.  Robert was born December 5, 1969 in Springfield, Il.   

Harrington is survived by his wife Kelly Harrington of Purcellville, three young sons Tommy, Ardan, and Finn, brother Patrick James Harrington of Louisville, Kentucky, sisters Bridget Kathleen Lippens of Atlanta, Ga. and Phoebe Harrington Dumas of Atlanta, Ga.,parents Robert and Kathleen Harrington of Marietta, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.

Rob graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.  He completed his undergraduate degree at University of Georgia and his Master’s degree at American Intercontinental University.  While attending UGA, Rob was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  Since moving to Loudoun County, in 2003, Rob was very active in the mountain biking community with races and advocating for more trail development. … Continue Reading

Remembering CDR Robert Bentley Lyon (USN – Ret), AKA ‘The Sign Cop’

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Robert (Bob) Lyon died on August 18, at his home in Purcellville. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jo Ann V. Lyon, five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was 94.

Lyon studied engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute then left school to serve as a Navy fighter pilot in WWII. He participated in an invasion of Europe, and saw further action in the Pacific providing carrier-based air support at the invasions of Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war he left the Navy to return to VPI, and later was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: Martha Akers

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment
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Advertising Manager Cori Dowden, left, Yearbook Adviser Martha Akers, center and Advertising Manager Morgan Kmetz, right. show off the latest award, a Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City. Advertising managers began before school began, organizing materials for their annual advertising campaign. Similar to professional publications, the yearbook sells business ads in the community and recognition ads to senior parents to raise money for the nationally recognized yearbook. In addition to selling the ads, the staff designs individual ads upon request of purchaser, designs ad pages in the book, and handles all correspondence and billing with the businesses.

For the campaign, the staff hopes to raise $35,000 – $5,000 over last year’s total.  Through ad sales, the staff keeps the cost of the all color book at $70 instead of the $90 it would cost without advertising revenue. Any business interested in purchasing an ad in the 2016 Saga may contact staff at loudounvalleyyearbook@gmail.com or call 540-751-2400 and leave a message.

Zach Vogt Joins USA Pavilion – Milan Expo As Student Ambassador

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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As part of the United States’ presence at the in the Milan Expo 2015, the U.S. Department of State is proud to announce that Zach Vogt of Purcellville is representing the United States at the USA Pavilion in Milan, Italy this summer.

Vogt is one of 120 multilingual Student Ambassadors chosen from 1,000 applicants to serve as on-the-ground representatives for the USA Pavilion at the world’s fair in Milan.  After completing an intensive training program, he has been based at our pavilion, greeting and interacting with visitors, including First Lady Michelle Obama as well as top government officials, corporate executives, and other guests from around the globe. … Continue Reading

Remembering Sara Welsh

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment
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Sara Elizabeth Pierpoint Welsh, 97, died July 17, 2015. She was born on May 26, 1918, in Paeonian Springs, Va., in the last days of World War I, the daughter of Elizabeth Brown Pierpoint and Hugh Webb Pierpoint.

As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” she weathered such events as the Great Depression, World War II, and September 11, and witnessed the immense social changes of the 20th century. She was proud to have voted for a woman in the 2008 presidential primary and the nation’s first African-American president that same year. She was married for 45 years to Gordon Welsh, until his death in 1987, and lived on the Welsh family farm, Rock Hill, outside of Purcellville, until her death. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: Dr. Jonathan Reiss, Mobile Vet

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Dr. Reiss, of Mobile Vet, treats all kinds of pets and serves families within a 25-mile radius of Purcellville. In 2008, Dr. Reiss graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Round Hill not long after. He and his wife Virginia live with their son and daughter – along with dogs, cats, a horse, donkey, sheep and chickens – at their “ranch.” He volunteers with local animal rescue groups, shelters and spay/neuter organizations. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and shelter medicine. Said Dr. Reiss, “I enjoy working in western Loudoun County, because I like working where I live.  I get satisfaction from being a part of this wonderful community – participating in a local parade, sponsoring my children’s’ school event or sporting team, and just bumping into my clients at a local grocery store.”
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Remembering Mabel

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Mabel, a chocolate Labrador, died today, Monday August 3 at the age of 14. 

The cause of death was severe degenerative discs across much of her back.  Her vet told us she’d obviously been in pain for months but didn’t let us know.

She lived with Sarah Huntington and Drew Babb in the village of Lincoln.  Her owner and best friend was Andrew (Andy) Babb of Brooklyn, New York.

She was predeceased by boon companions Rebel (a yellow Lab) and Basset Hounds Albert and Bruno. … Continue Reading

White Post Restorations – The Art of Bringing Spectacular Automobiles Back to Life

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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“I feel a little sadness when I finish a restoration job,” says Billy Thompson, “and I notice that the car’s owners often feel it, too. We have the finished car we wanted, but an interesting and enjoyable experience – the process of getting to that stage – is over.”

Thompson and his father W.R., are the third and fourth generation owners of White Post Restorations, a classic car restoration company in White Post, Virginia, a small community near the intersection of Rt. 50 heading west from Upperville, and Rt. 340 heading south from Berryville. … Continue Reading

Remembering Esther Burk Kilgour, 86

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Esther Burke Kilgour, age 86, died peacefully on July 31 at her home in Purcellville after a long struggle with cancer.

Esther was born January 21, 1929, in Hamilton, the daughter of Harry and Nellie May Burke.

She was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry, Alter Guild and Bell Tower Committees. She was a lifelong member of the Ladies Board of Loudoun Memorial Hospital, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the hospital thrift shop, and numerous other non-profit causes. She enjoyed gardening, spending time at Chincoteague, and spending time with her family – which meant the world to her. Esther attended Lincoln High School and later, business school in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

He Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Earth For Us … Happy 4th Of July, Carl

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on He Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Earth For Us … Happy 4th Of July, Carl
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– By Andrea Gaines

This aviator’s poem is presented in memory of my uncle, Carl E. Alber – a veteran and celebrated test pilot – to mark all of the freedoms that became ours on July 4, 1776.
My uncle died on September 7, 1994, but would have turned 100 this year – on July 4, 2015.
The poem was written in 1941 by a young pilot named John Gillespie Magee, Jr. during a test flight of the Spitfire V aircraft. As Gillespie wrote to his parents at the time, “I am enclosing a verse I wrote the other day. It started at 30,000 feet, and was finished soon after I landed.”

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air …
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Sink Achieves Eagle Scout

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Sink Achieves Eagle Scout
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Harrison Tyler Sink has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Randy and Kathryn.

Tyler is a member of Troop 163 of the Goose Creek District, National Capital Area Council, and Boy Scouts of America, which is sponsored by the Purcellville Rotary Club and led by Scoutmaster Robert Kellogg.

Tyler is a sophomore at Woodgrove High School where he is a member of the track team.

Tyler’s eagle service project involved organizing and conducting a blood drive to support the American Red Cross.

Eagle scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. The eagle rank involves earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating service and leadership over several years – culminating in an eagle service project. Less than four percent of all scouts attain the rank of eagle.

Organic Bronzing Lets Your Glow Shine

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Organic Bronzing Lets Your Glow Shine
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By Hannah Hager

Aldie resident Jennifer Wignall is shining a different light on the tanning industry. The time has come to ban the act of baking in a tanning bed. Take a moment to wash clean of orange streaks and rinse off the potent stench of chemical-laden creams.
Tanning, at its core, is a practice laced with a tinge of egotism. It’s akin to whitening, waxing or other self care regimes and is not exactly a must-have service. Or is it?

Jennifer was once a lifelong tanning bed user who visited the salons on a routine basis to obtain and maintain a bronzed glow. She loved the way she felt with tanned skin. Years later, after her twins were born and she suffered a bout of Melanoma – of which she has since fully recovered – the entrepreneur decided to drop tanning beds altogether in favor of spray tan. … Continue Reading

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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

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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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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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

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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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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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

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their 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 Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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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

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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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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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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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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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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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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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