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Barbara Sloan, A Beadazzling Talent

July 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Artist’s Profile

Barbara Sloan is not just a “beader,” she is the creator of pieces of jewelry that are like art that you wear, from a fine string of deep pink faceted garnet to a beautifully chunky, multi-strand necklace of citrine and pearls – one of her signature designs.

Barbara has been a good friend of mine for a long time and it was beading that first brought us together. A mutual friend introduced us about ten years ago. I had just moved to Loudoun County and had started to do a little of my own beading. My kitchen table was covered with clasps and wire and semi-precious beads and, invited over for dinner at Barbara’s, I walked into her dining room to see that she had the same passion – albeit more developed than mine. There were beads and stones everywhere, and finished earrings, bracelets and necklaces carefully displayed on black velvet forms.

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We Are Not Bodies with Souls, We Are Souls with Bodies– In Celebration of Christian Alberto Sierra

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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When a family loses one of its own at a young age, it is hard to do justice to the poignant mix of love, grief, horror, laughter and memories that fill the room as they attempt to tell you about that person, and do the respect of celebrating – with as much courage as they can – that person’s life.

Christian Sierra was a 17-year old Loudoun Valley High School student who died in a Purcellville police shooting on May 24. … Continue Reading

Antonia Walker – Painting from Life While Pushing the Color

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Antonia Walker is a graceful and vibrant woman with as much love for life as she has for her art.

Walker lives in an historic home in Waterford and also works there – in a spare and beautiful studio that at one time was a quaint general store.

Many of these lovely old buildings still exist in Loudoun County, repurposed or still feeding, refreshing and helping families restock on basics such as flour, canned goods, laundry soap and snacks. It is just so appropriate that a place that once also served as a gathering place for Quakers and farmers now serves as a showcase for one of Loudoun County’s most inspiring painters. … Continue Reading

What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course
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The United States has over 80 million moms, and over 95 percent of Americans mark the day in some way. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for most restaurants and retailers say it is the second biggest gift-giving day of the year. Together, we’ll spend an astonishing $671 million dollars on Mother’s Day cards and $1.9 billion on flowers – almost $15 billion in all when the nation’s cash registers total out for the day. … Continue Reading

Remembering Maxine Bean

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Maxine Bean
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Celebrating a Life Filled with Community Service and The Arts

On Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the family and friends of Maxine Bean will gather at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville to remember and celebrate a life filled with community service, generosity, and kindness. Maxine passed away in February at age 89 after a brief illness, and all who wish to join in the May 24 remembrance are welcome to attend (a potluck lunch will follow at a nearby location). … Continue Reading

Hope for the Realist

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader People, Uncategorized Comments Off on Hope for the Realist
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By Mary Rose Lunde

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told to have hope. It is just one of the many attributes we all carry with us in times of triumph and tragedy. Yet, we take it so lightly. We never really know how powerful hope is, until we see its effects. I see hope in everyone. And every time I see someone hoping my hope strengthens. Not for myself, but that their hope does not turn false. This worry about false hope is termed realism expressed in logic. … Continue Reading

Cooper and His Friend

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cooper and His Friend
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Cooper, a 5-year-old yellow lab owned by Debbie Crum, is a frequent site around Purcellville. He loves bringing a stuffed animal with him wherever he goes. As soon as you say the word walk, Cooper will run to get his favorite stuffed animal. Whether he is going for a walk, run or swim, he almost always brings one of his furry friends with him. Crum said his favorite is Super Chicken, which he got for his second birthday. … Continue Reading

Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke.

Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare.

His public persona was most closely connected with remarkable success as an owner, trainer and rider of some of Virginia’s most successful steeplechase horses running under his familiar red with white cross sash silks. But his success in that rugged and dangerous sport was merely a visible extension of his commitment to protect Virginia’s rural countryside, a mission he often defined as a moral obligation. In pursuing that connection between equestrian sport and countryside preservation, he was a founder of the Oatlands Point-To-Point of the Loudoun Hunt, as well as of the Morven Park Steeplechase—the latter being the first race meet in the modern history of Virginia to offer pari-mutuel wagering. A long time member of the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Davis Foundation, which operates the historic Morven Park estate north of Leesburg, Dr. Rogers was also a founder of the Morven Park Equestrian Institute, as well as a founder of the Loudoun County Pony Club, a founding director of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting and a founding director of the American Academy of Equine Artists. … Continue Reading

Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award
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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the 2013 Citizen of the year to Mayor Zoldos for his support of our annual barn dance in Waterford, his impressive leadership in moving our town forward, and his dedication and service as a firefighter.”

The Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritans make a positive impact on the community through support and service.  Their fundraising efforts go directly back to the community in the form of college scholarships, grants, sponsorships and contributions to those in need.  They sponsor organizations such as Cub Scout Pack 962, the Lovettsville Dolphins, the Lovettsville food pantry, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Lovettsville Elementary School, Harmony Middle School and Woodgrove High School.   … Continue Reading

Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued
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Jim Burton’s 1993 book, The Pentagon Wars, has recently been reissued in e-book format by Naval Institute Press and is now available at Amazon.com for Kindle users and Barnes & Noble for Nook users as well as in other e-book formats.  Print on Demand paper copies will also be available shortly, as soon as the publisher corrects a technical problem with their equipment.

The Pentagon Wars won The Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year award for 1993 and was favorably reviewed in a number of publications, including The New York Times (October 3, 1993). It was made into an HBO movie in which Cary Elwes starred as Colonel Burton and Kelsey Grammar played a combination of four or five senior army generals. Over the last 20 years the book (and the movie, when the book was unavailable) has been used as a case study in ethics classes at the Air Force Academy and other institutions as well as military seminars. … Continue Reading

Found Object Sculptor John Raymond: Whimsy With A Good Dose Of Engineering

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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Old water main plungers. Blacksmith tongs. Scallop net hardware. Bicycle sprockets. Wagon wheel rims. Tractor seats. Shovels and rakes. Lawn mower blades.
They were once used in one person’s profession or trade. Now they are brought back to life in the found object sculpture of Lincoln resident John Raymond.

As John describes it, “I grew up in the house you don’t want to live next to, but I loved it. Dad was a junk collector, so growing up I was surrounded by metal ‘art supply.’ “

As we walked around Raymond’s studio/shop (Lincoln Smithy) he introduced me to the kinds of machinery one needs to cut, shape, torch, melt and manipulate metal, including an old 1920s milling machine and a broad wood and metal table (purchased at a Loudoun County public school system sale) complete with tools and slots that hold metal objects in place so they can be honed and shaped. … Continue Reading

Fishing with the Right Lure Makes a Big Difference

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Fishing with the Right Lure Makes a Big Difference
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Mark White lives in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and makes fishing lures that can be used all over the world.

The lures are for deep sea, near shore and fresh water. He designs and manufactures a variety of shapes and sizes of trolling heads and surface plugs. Each lure is made with great care and attention to detail—from the mixing of materials for the ceramic body and glazes to the several firings necessary to complete each piece. He and his wife, Nancy, have also been operating a pottery studio for over 30 years.

“The lure is a small sculpture that I can add color to and the ideas I get from making them are endless,” White said. “They are small art work, and the format provides infinite possibilities.”

It all started about 18 years ago when White’s then four-year-old son wanted to start fishing. They got bamboo poles and headed to their local streams and reservoirs with earth worms for bait. They had a lot of fun until they started hooking up Peacock Bass using baby Tilapias for bait.

On one occasion, while battling a large Peacock Bass, his son was nearly pulled in. Fortunately for him White didn’t know much about knots at the time. He discovered you really need a spinning gear to effectively fight those kinds of fish. Their passion for fishing grew, and they started reading everything they could about fishing.
As White honed his skills, he started salt water fishing for Trevally under and over 10 pounds and Ulua, and other near shore species. He became very interested in top water plugs and started making some out of his porcelain clay body for fun. He said he quickly realized some of the benefits of using a ceramic material over plastic or wood. The ceramic lures produced increased casting distance, because of the weight to mass ratio which gave him more territory to attract the attention of predatory species. He got friends to work as early test team members. Over the past six years he has been testing different formulas to improve the fracture toughness rating of the ceramic body. The lures can handle the stress of both fish and fisherman, he said. These lures are nearly indestructible and come with a life-time warranty.

“Because we are potters by trade, for over 30 years, we really enjoy making objects that are useful – a fishing lure that can put food on someone’s table as well as produce the excitement of hooking up a great fish – this is a huge use. The things we make have to look nice, but if they are not functional, we aren’t interested in making them,” said White.

More information is at www.markwhitelures.com or e-mail Mark at info@markwhitelures.com.



Have Some Fun … Right Now …

March 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Have Some Fun … Right Now …
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With The Blue Ridge Leader’s Second Annual Kilt Reveal

Do you recognize the beautiful and elegant “legs” shown here? Each belongs to a different local business leader, listed below. … 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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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Two Pound Sterling Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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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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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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