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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

Betsey Brown Becomes Author

December 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Betsey Brown Becomes Author

Americas first pandaBetsey Brown of Leesburg fulfilled her 80 year dream to become an author by writing and publishing a children’s book. America’s First Panda is the true story about Ruth Harkness who in 1936 traveled from New York City to the mountains of China to bring back a baby panda, a bear that few had ever seen or heard about in those days.

The baby Giant Panda named Su Lin which Ruth translated to mean “a little bit of something very cute” was given to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Hayden Harris, Director of the Brookfield Zoo, and grandfather to the late Valeria (A.V.) Symington of Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg, was instrumental in helping Ruth Harkness bring Su Lin to America. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Is Where Jones’s Heart Is

December 10, 2014 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 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 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 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 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 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Mr. And Mrs. Claus
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Surprise Visit

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 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 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 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


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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