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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

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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 …

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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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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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