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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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Soon To Turn 107 – He Still Amazes– A Tribute To Charlie Clark

August 6, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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I’ve caught glimpses of “Mr. Charlie,” as friends call him, on several occasions.

In recent years I saw a stately old car driving slowly through Purcellville and into the parking lot of a grocery store. A tall lanky man emerged and walked inside, waving and nodding as he passed me. “That’s Mr. Clark,” I thought to myself. “Still driving way past the gentle age of 100 … and still doing (at least some of) his own grocery shopping. Wow!”

According to a niece, local author and civil rights activist Elaine Thompson, her uncle doesn’t drive anymore, but he does do the occasional grocery shopping. He’s slowing down, but few things can stop him, really. … Continue Reading

Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag
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Josephine (Jody) Haag, 73, died July 21 of pancreatic cancer at her home in the loving care of her family, surrounded by music, love and the close proximity of her beloved garden.

A longtime resident of the county, Jody came to Loudoun with her family in 1976 after four years with Peace Corps in Fiji and Afghanistan.  In 1979, after three years in Waterford, the Haags settled in Hamilton.

Jody was born January 3, 1941, in Philadelphia PA and moved at a very young age to her mother’s hometown of Shenandoah, PA. At age of seven, she moved to Tucson, AZ, where she met and later married her husband of 52 years, Richard.  The early years of their marriage were spent in Hawaii where Richard was pursuing a doctorate at the University of Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge
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Varun Mosur, an eighth grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School placed fourth in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge that was held on June 23, in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation, the competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades fifth through eighth that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

Mosur competed against 29 other state champions from across the United States in an exhilarating, 10-round competition that took more than five hours to complete. According to Mosur, “It is exciting to participate in such a competition – the atmosphere, the people, the representatives of all the chemical companies – all of it added up to an amazing experience for me. It was awesome that I was able to finish fourth (third runner-up). The first few rounds of the competition, I was not at all nervous, but then it slowly became more and more interesting and exciting as I progressed through the rounds to the top 4.” Mosur was awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $50 gift card to the Discovery Channel Store, a TI-84 calculator, and a CHEM C3000 Chemistry set for his outstanding performance.

BRMS Principal Brion Bell stated, “Varun’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence led to his success in this event and will continue to be driving forces in his future endeavors. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck as he begins high school at Thomas Jefferson.”

Oil and Emulsions

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Oil and Emulsions
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By Leah Enright

Oil is a prime ingredient in many of my fun activities. Why? Oil is not quite like anything else. It makes things soft and slippery, shines wood, and doesn’t mix with water, right? Well, these are true, most of the time. Let’s perform an activity to see what I mean.

You’ll need:
An empty bottle with lid, (such as a water bottle)
Cooking oil, (such as vegetable or canola)
Liquid dish detergent
A drop of food coloring, (if you have it)
Permission from an adult to make this mess … Continue Reading

Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

William Homer Leigh, Jr. age 86 died at his home of 31 years near Hamilton on July 18, with family and loved ones by his side. Homer was born on June 5, 1928, in Arlington, VA to the late William H. and Ruth E. Leigh.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joan Leigh, and their daughter Christine Dayment. Homer is survived by his daughter, Diane Leigh of Hamilton, grandchildren, Stephanie, Wesley, William and Suzanne, and four great grandchildren, all of Ontario Canada.

Homer worked for C&P Telephone Co. in McLean for 30 years as a PBX installer. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time on the farm with Muncaster & Payne in Hamilton.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville on July 22. A graveside service was held July 23 at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Hamilton Volunteer Rescue or Fire Department.

Visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.

A Life Changing Service

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Life Changing Service
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Where do I begin? To a Chinese adoptee, going back to the country of your birth is a touchy subject. The one place on earth where you’ll look like everyone else but feel like a foreigner. I’ll admit, it’s a tough choice to make but it is worth it to go back. China is a wonderful country full of spicy food, traditions, nice people and beautiful landmarks. But that isn’t what led me there. The thought of going back had always been on my mind, so when I got an email from Gladney International Adoption Agency about a service trip to China, I jumped at the chance. It wasn’t just about finding closure to my own personal story, but also about giving back to my birth country. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

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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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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