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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.

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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

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

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September 4, 2016

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September 10, 2016

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A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

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Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

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September 13, 2016

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September 14, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

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September 20, 2016

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September 21, 2016

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BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

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September 23, 2016

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September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

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5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

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5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

16 Sep 2016

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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling.

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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 …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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