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Leesburg Sailor Works Far From Home

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

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FOCUS ON: The Angels At The Purcellville Post Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event

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

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

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

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

Hillis Travels for ‘Open Air’ Painting

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Theresa Diane “Dee” McCullough

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

Local Student Recipient of National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award

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

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

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

Remembering Jean Sutphin Mohler

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

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

Nick Greer – Finely Polished Beauty

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

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

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

Remembering John D. “Buddy” Davis

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering John D. “Buddy” Davis
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John D. Davis, known to family and friends as “Buddy” passed away surrounded by members of his family on December 20.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Kay, three daughters and two son-in-laws, Jennifer-Lynn and Jamie Lee, Melissa and Nima Ebrahimnejad and Kimberly Davis, seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Jacob, Kayla, Samuel, Maya, Emma and Maxwell and his niece Linda Thomson as well as many other nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sister June Gerber and his Mother Eloise Linthicum.

Davis was born on October 13, 1934, in Keyser W. Va., and moved to the Washington D.C. area as a youngster.  In his early years he developed an interest in music, especially bluegrass.  He was a self-taught musician and luthier (maker of string instruments) who apprenticed under a good friend and mentor Tom Morgan.  He enlisted in the USAF in 1954 with friend Allen Lewis during the Korean War and trained as a jet mechanic.   He was stationed at Andrews AFB.  It was during this time that he met his future wife Kay. … Continue Reading

With the Name “Hammer,” He Was Born To Be a Deputy

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

One could say Bill was born to be a Sheriff’s deputy. With a name like Shellhammer, how could he not have been predestined to live a life laying down the law?

Purcellville resident William “Bill” P. Shellhammer died in his home December 16, aged 80. He was a retired Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy, a former Vienna Police Department deputy and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War.
These days, if a Sheriff’s Deputy knows you by name it indicates that you are a delinquent or a malefactor who is up to no good. In Shellhammer’s heyday, however, it was a mark of his sharpness of mind. … Continue Reading

Coalition Hires New Manager of Community Relations

January 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Coalition Hires New Manager of Community Relations
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Combat-wounded veteran Brandon Boyd joins ranks of leading service organization

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, announced today that Brandon Boyd has been hired as its new Manager of Community Relations. He replaces Jil Hinds, who relocated to Atlanta this summer and now serves in the Coalition’s field operations.

Boyd is a combat-wounded veteran of the United States Army. While on deployment in Iraq in 2008, Brandon suffered a severe TBI, T10 paraplegic and PTSD. After retiring from the Army, Brandon worked at the Pentagon and the Mark Center as the COOP, Emergency Manager and Assistant Security Manager for the Department of Defense. In July 2014, Brandon left the government to found Restoration Homefront, a Virginia-based organization that provides resume-building, jobs, college and housing resources for veterans. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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. …

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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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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

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

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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