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Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS
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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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Robert Thomas Harrington, II
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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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering CDR Robert Bentley Lyon (USN – Ret), AKA ‘The Sign Cop’
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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 People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Martha Akers
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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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Zach Vogt Joins USA Pavilion – Milan Expo As Student Ambassador
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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 People Comments Off on Remembering Sara Welsh
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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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Dr. Jonathan Reiss, Mobile Vet
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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 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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on White Post Restorations – The Art of Bringing Spectacular Automobiles Back to Life
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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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Esther Burk Kilgour, 86
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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 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 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 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


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

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 …

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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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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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

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

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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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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