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Loudoun Valley Is Where Jones’s Heart Is

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

If the home is where the heart is, then Loudoun Valley High School is home for Rodney Jones and its students and staff are his family.

A life in education felt like second nature to him because Jones, who is Social Science Department chair and presents lectures on both psychology and modern world history, comes from a long line of educators. His mother is a special education teacher and his father is an assistant principal in Stafford County.

“I like helping,” he said. “I’m big on service. It felt natural to [teach].”

The foundation of teaching stands the test of time – you plan a lesson, teach the class and grade the papers. But, as a graduate student teacher at the University of Virginia where he received both his bachelor’s and masters in history and teaching respectively, Jones discovered that it takes much more than the basics to make a house a home. … Continue Reading

Local Author Writes First Book In Series

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader People Comments Off on Local Author Writes First Book In Series
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Devon Porter, a Virginia farmer and banker, has signed a four-book deal with Prepper Press. The first novel in the series, “After the Crumble,” was released on November 21.

“This book is a labor of love; I’ve been working on it for two years,” Porter said. “I have always loved books in the sci-fi and dystopian genres, and I’m honored to finally make my first contribution.”

The novel touches on several of Porter’s hobbies, such as hog farming, gardening and self-sufficiency. The story is set in Northern Virginia in the year 2037, where Porter merges northern Fauquier and southern Loudoun counties into the fictional “Colton County.” … Continue Reading

For the First Lesson, Listen To Your Inner Voice

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

The path to reach one’s calling in life doesn’t always build at a crescendo, but rather poco a poco – little by little – as we learn to embrace our inherent talent.

Such was the path taken by Jessica Morgan, the director of choral activities and advanced orchestra at Woodgrove High School. Maybe it should have seemed obvious for Morgan to one day become a professional music director; she was a singer at four years-old and a violinist at five.

But, to whom much is given, much is expected and it was perhaps those expectations that initially drove Morgan away from sharing her talents with others. A Winchester native, she started out at James Madison University as a Biology major. However, a little birdy wouldn’t stop singing the song of music in her ear. She tried out for JMU’s School of Music and it’s of little surprise she was accepted. Any initial resistance melted into acceptance and today she realized that her role as teacher also poised her to be a lifelong student of music herself. … Continue Reading

Milan Ball – Tuscarora High School Fashion Design Student

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Milan Ball – Tuscarora High School Fashion Design Student
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Milan Ball, Tuscarora High School student, would describe her fashion designs as eclectic. She likes to combine disparate elements and try to make them work together. Her portfolio is evidence of this style. Milan combines a floral mini with an ordinary tank top and ankle boots. She also looks at the ordinary and transforms it. One of Milan’s designs highlights jeans which she has cut and re-styled from the knee down and now ordinary jeans become the perfect backdrop for high heels. The fact that her aesthetic is theatrical comes as no surprise to those who know her. When asked about Milan, Mr. Justin Daniel, Tuscarora HS theater director and teacher said: “Milan is not just a leader at Tuscarora; she is also an asset to the theater department. It is a huge undertaking to design, build and manage costumes for a show and more uncommon to see high school students take on the task. Her dedication and creative designs have made our recent productions a success. Milan is so talented and will go far in the world of fashion design.” … Continue Reading

Contributions for Ray Family

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Contributions for Ray Family
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A fund-raising website has been started by friends and neighbors of Rusty Ray of Purcellville. Ray suffered a stroke on November 12 while on business in Bradenton, Fla. He has partial paralysis on his right side and is currently in a rehab center in Florida; he will likely be released from rehab in early December.

His friends are asking for contributions to help with his long recovery. Contributions are being sent through Pastor David Milam with St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville and through go fund me at http://www.gofundme.com/RustyRay. Also grocery gift cards or meals are welcome.

FOCUS ON: Mr. And Mrs. Claus

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Mr. And Mrs. Claus
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus found time to stop by Photographer Sarah Huntington’s studio in Purcellville. They are very busy this time of year and have many elves in and around Purcellville, Bluemont and Round Hill who work tirelessly to help. They will be making many appearances in and around the area before they head back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day. Mr. Claus said, “Yes, boys and girls the elves report back telling me who has been naughty or nice.”

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun

December 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun
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Charlotte Nurge, one of Loudoun County’s most dedicated volunteers, has been honored by the Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the Board presented a resolution of commendation to Nurge for her “extraordinary commitment and dedication to all her volunteer roles.” Nurge, 93, has been an active volunteer for the Area Agency on Aging since 1998. The Board highlighted several of Nurge’s accomplishments, including:

  • Service as Chairperson and member of the Commission on Aging;
  • Instrumental role in changing the criteria of the Loudoun County Tax Relief program to enhance benefits for seniors;
  • Instrumental role in accelerating the planning and design process for the Dulles South Senior Center;
  • Support for adding an additional public comment session at the beginning of the 2nd Board of Supervisors’ meeting of the month, allowing seniors to an opportunity to provide public input; and
  • Significant activism and support of improved transit options, including Metro, which has provided more transportation options for seniors.

The resolution also states that Nurge is “widely recognized and respected for her commitment to improving services for seniors” and her “wisdom, energy and integrity.” In addition to the resolution, Nurge was presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Photo Courtesy of Lorie Flading: Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn Williams, left, and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, center, present longtime volunteer Charlotte Nurge with a resolution of commendation. Nurge was also presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon

October 22, 2014 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon
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Julia Taylor Cannon, 65, of Lincoln, died Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Julia was born July 5, 1949, to her adored parents, the late Thomas E. and Mary S. Taylor, and lived the majority of her life in her hometown of Lincoln. Her family and home were a source of great joy to her.

She was a proud alumna of both Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where she received her BA, and the University of Virginia, where she received her law degree. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile: Carol Turman – Face-Painting Enchantress

October 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Artist’s Profile: Carol Turman – Face-Painting Enchantress
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Adults are wowed by her talent. Children are so mesmerized by her that they will sit still for as long as she likes.

Meet Carol Turman – artist and entertainer.

Turman’s special craft is face painting, and she brings it, along with her lovely and fun personality and expertise in balloon twisting to all manner of special events, from birthday parties, to reunions, to business promotions. Said Turman, “I don’t consider myself a super artist.” But, she is.

If you Google Turman’s name, or the name of her company, Dee Vinchey Entertainment, you’ll see her described as “face painter and balloon twister.” … Continue Reading

Remembering Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder
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Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder of Purcellville, loving father and husband, died August 21 at Loudoun INOVA Hospital in Leesburg.

A lifelong resident of Loudoun County, Allder was born January 30, 1921 in Round Hill, son of Minnie Davis and John Elliott Allder. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while in the service. … Continue Reading

Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

September 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Feature, People Comments Off on Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”
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One block off of Purcellville’s historic downtown is an exquisitely restored old house at 151 S. 20th street.

As you walk in you notice that everything is immaculately clean and shiny – polished wood floors, sparkling windows and not a spec of dust anywhere. At the same time your lungs have taken in the absolutely heavenly scent of fresh flowers – lilies, freesia, roses, mums and more filling your nose with all of their sweet glory. … Continue Reading

Remembering William Judson “Jud” Whetsell

August 16, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Judson “Jud” Whetsell
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William Judson “Jud” Whetsell, 51 of Winchester, died of natural causes and went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2014. Jud was born and grew up in Loudoun County and graduated from Loudoun Valley High School. He touched the lives of many in his career serving in retail and other service industries, most recently as a highly regarded and valued member of the Virginia Regional Transit Authority. Jud is survived by his mother, Betty Ann Whetsell of Winchester, brother Dan Whetsell of Purcellville, sister Debra Whetsell of Narragansett, RI, sister Judy Robinson of Warrenton, eight nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home, on Tuesday, August 12. Services were held on August 13, at Hall Funeral Home with Interment at Hillsboro Cemetery.

Please visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.
Arrangements made by Hall Funeral Home.

Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Events

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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