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Why We Teens Should Care about Politics

June 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Why We Teens Should Care about Politics
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By Quinn Reichard

I want you to care about politics. So often, it seems like there’s no point. We frequently get news of scandals, gridlock, and power plays — apathy becomes so easy.

I think that at some level, most of us teens know that the government can be changed by the people. It’s hard, though, and it takes time. The slow pace of change causes us to lose interest. … Continue Reading

Double Amputee Parachutes into Lansdowne Golf Tournament

May 5, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Double Amputee Parachutes into Lansdowne Golf Tournament
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Participants in a charity golf tournament on April 17 got a special thrill as Dana Bowman, a member of Team Fastrax, America’s Skydiving Team, parachuted into the Lansdowne Resort golf course with an American flag.

Bowman, a retired Special Forces soldier and former member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, has gained renown as a double amputee who continues to perform at high-profile events. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Family Approaches 1-Year Anniversary of Son’s Police Shooting Death

May 5, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Purcellville Family Approaches 1-Year Anniversary of Son’s Police Shooting Death
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Justifiable Homicide Findings Spurring Sierras To Challenge the System

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17-year old Loudoun Valley High School student Christian Sierra was shot and killed by Purcellville Police Officer Timothy Hood on May 24, 2014 as he responded to a call that a teenager was threatening suicide. Hood had been on the Purcellville Police Force for just 15 months prior to the incident. Records also show that Officer Hood’s dashboard camera was not functioning at the time and that he was not equipped with a Taser or any other form of non-lethal force. A supervisor and officer were around the corner, but no other officers were on the immediate scene at the time of the shooting, and Officer Hood did not call for back up before exiting his police vehicle. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Sailor Works Far From Home

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Leesburg Sailor Works Far From Home
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Seaman Jonathon Dublin from Leesburg untangles a line aboard USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean. The John C. Stennis Strike Group is assessing its abilities to conduct combat missions, support functions and survive complex casualty control situations.

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FOCUS ON: The Angels At The Purcellville Post Office

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: The Angels At The Purcellville Post Office
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A big thank you! and shout goes to the Purcellville Post Master Wayne Cameron – pictured in in the center with the blue shirt – and the entire hard-working staff at the Purcellville Post Office.

The USPS’ motto – unofficial, by the way – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” surely held true this winter.

On more than one occasion during our long and hard winter, local post office employees and trucks could be seen throughout the western Loudoun area getting the job done.

FOCUS ON: Chuck and Cindy Izzo, Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Chuck and Cindy Izzo, Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials
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Chuck and Cindy Izzo, owners of Appalachian Outfitters in historic downtown Purcellville come from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts. Cindy’s grandfather was a “tree surgeon.” Chuck’s father was an avid swimmer and skier, and the family spent every free minute camping, hiking and canoeing.

Army veterans, the couple has taken their talent for the outdoors, self-reliance and health – including Cindy’s fascination with TERRA essential oils – to their newest pursuit, outdoor outfitters with everything you need to get out-and-about this season. See you on the trail, Chuck and Cindy!

Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event

March 23, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event
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Catherine Hillis, of Round Hill, won an award for her painting, Copa Cabana, in the “Plein Air Curacao” (http://www.pleinaircuracao.com/en/) competition held recently. Ms. Hillis, a watercolor painter, was invited to paint in the Curacao competition. The “Honorable Mention” for her painting was one of only three awards presented during the Quick Draw contest, and she was the only American painter to receive an award. The judge was Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The Quick Draw event was held on March 7, and painters were given three hours to complete a painting on site in the town of Willemstaad .
The artists who were selected to participate in “Plein Air Curacao” were from all over the world. They were transported all over the island to paint from February 27 until March 7. The artwork they completed during the week was exhibited for sale in a gallery in Willemstaad.

Hillis is a nationally recognized watercolorist who has been published in many venues and has accrued numerous awards regionally and nationally. She is a respected instructor, speaker and exhibition judge.

The artist has been invited to travel in early April as one of 15 top plein air painters in the “Southeastern Plein Air Invitational” (http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/5th-annual-southeastern-plein-air-invitational) at the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama (http://www.gadsdenmuseum.com/). She will also participate as one of 30 national artists in the “Winter Park Paint Out” (http://www.polasek.org/wppo/home/) at the Albin Polasek Museum near Orlando, FL, in late April.

Hillis’ work can be seen locally at the Gateway Gallery (www.thegatewaygallery.com) in Round Hill, and at Everyday Elegance in Purcellville. Her classes, workshops and exhibits are listed on her website at www.catherinehillis.com.

Hillis Travels for ‘Open Air’ Painting

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Round Hill painter Catherine Hillis is one of a handful of international artists invited to paint in “Plein Air Curacao.”  She will be painting in the Curacao competition during early March.  It is a juried event which selects artists from around the world to compete and exhibit their work.

Plein air is a French term meaning “in the open air” and refers to artists who work outdoors and on site. Artists have always painted “en plein air,” but the French Impressionists brought attention to outdoor painting, helped along with the invention of manufactured tubes for paint and the portable easel.  Paintings created on site are lauded for the technical ability of the artists, who generally create art among the elements, and the art is generally noted for its freshness and emotive quality. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile: Dale Bright, Wood Turner – Setting the Tree and the Landscape Free

March 4, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Artist’s Profile: Dale Bright, Wood Turner – Setting the Tree and the Landscape Free
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“My name is Dale Bright and I am a wood turner. I am passionate about my craft … using a wood lathe and tools to release the natural beauty that is already inside a piece of wood. Mother Nature has done all of the real work. My job is to simply reveal what is inside.”

That’s how this absolutely charming man – a quiet and dignified artist – describes himself and what he does with wood. His end products are some of our most common, everyday things – salad bowls, dinner plates, bottle stoppers, ice cream scopes, pepper grinders, rolling pins. But, nothing about Bright or his talent is anywhere near common nor everyday, except that he learned his craft the old fashioned way – from his grandfather. And, that he takes such common pleasures from it, dotting his Facebook page with pictures of his newborn grandson, Colt, sleeping peacefully in a newly made salad bowl with the caption: “Baby In A Bowl!!! Colton Dale Blankenship on his two-week birthday. The Cherry bowl is 21 inches across and 7 inches high, Colt is a big boy.” … Continue Reading

Remembering Theresa Diane “Dee” McCullough

February 10, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Theresa Diane “Dee” McCullough
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Theresa Diane “Dee” (Bracebridge) McCullough, 36, unexpectedly returned to her Heavenly Father on January 23, in Norwich, Connecticut. Dee was blessed with a large and loving family. She is survived by her father and stepmother, Bruce and Barbara Bracebridge of Lansdowne, and her five younger siblings, Russ (Robyn) Bracebridge of Burke, Va., Jim (Tory) Bracebridge of Lovettsville, Va., Becca Sommers of Leesburg, Va., Bethany (Thomas) Moore of Ashburn, Va., and Mikki Bracebridge of Lansdowne, Va. She is also survived by her husband, Steven Harold, and their seven children, Corwyn Bryant, Talyn Gwydain, Rowyn Embyr, Aurorya Krystal, Leilanii Brynnyth, Trevyn Leythan, and Lynnette Aryanna, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list. Dee was preceded in death by her mother, Katheryn Ruth (Wooters) Bracebridge. … Continue Reading

Local Student Recipient of National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award

February 8, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Student Recipient of National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award

A Leesburg student was the recent recipient of a national award for her accomplishments in the classroom and community. Laura Vazquez-Bolanos, a senior at Tuscarora High School, was one of eight Latino high school seniors honored at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 16th annual National Youth Awards.

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Pictured: Laura Vazquez-Bolanos (left), with Andrea Pecunia from ExxonMobil, accepts the ExxonMobil Engineering and Mathematics Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation during a January 29 ceremony. … Continue Reading

Remembering Jean Sutphin Mohler

February 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Jean Sutphin Mohler
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Jean Sutphin Mohler passed away January 16, following a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born December 12, 1943, to Melvin and Ruth Hatcher Sutphin.  A life-long resident of Lovettsville, Jean graduated valedictorian in 1962 from Loudoun County High School and studied psychology at Mary Washington College.

In 1965, she began her career in education teaching first, fourth and fifth grades at Round Hill Elementary School.  She loved children and considered herself “at home with the most creative creatures in the world.”  She later became a preschool teacher at the Lovettsville Community Center where she was also a member of the Board of Directors.  In 1989, Jean began a second career as a dental assistant for Dr. Kirk Hawn, Dr. Ronald Segall, and Dr. Deirdre Kokel.  Her gentle manner soothed many patients. … Continue Reading

Nick Greer – Finely Polished Beauty

February 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Nick Greer – Finely Polished Beauty
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True artists, and true craftspeople, generally have a reason why they decided to use a particular medium and/or approach their work in a certain way. My good friend Reggie Simms for example, loved National Geographic Magazine as a boy. So, at some point, as an adult, he decided one day to paint a series of huge canvases depicting his favorite covers. He “just had to do it.”

Antiques conservator Nick Greer is a little like that. Greer is in love with antiques and old knobs, gold leaf and inlay, wood and vintage glass, ivory and tortoise shell. He marvels at the old way of building things and the spectacular nature of the materials used.

For example, one of his favorite things is the original material known as shellac. Developed in the 16th Century, shellac became known as French polish in the early 1800s. It’s made from the crust, as it were, of Laciffer Lacca, a tiny parasitic bug that lives on certain trees in India and other eastern countries. This form of shellac is sold in flakes that vary from pale orange to dark brown. When Greer restores a time period piece that has this finish, he uses this same material – the polish used perhaps hundreds of years ago naturally bonds with the new material being laid down, authentically restoring the piece. … 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!

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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

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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