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LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign

August 28, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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As summer break comes to an end, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is asking drivers to help make this a safe-school year by watching for children walking to and from school.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is launching an enforcement and public education campaign as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school.

Over the next few weeks Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting a Back-to-School campaign strictly enforcing speed and other traffic violations around local schools. Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be utilizing RADAR, LIDAR, “Smart Trailers”, variable message boards to display safety messages, marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as the agency’s motorcycle unit. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials

August 28, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the Thursday morning townhouse fire on Hussar Terrace in South Riding was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At approximately 4:21 a.m., Thursday, August 27, fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Philomont, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Fairfax County responded to a townhouse fire at 25540 Hussar Terrace in South Riding. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a rapidly advancing fire on the exterior of the three-story townhouse near the deck. Fire department personnel knocked down the fire quickly, preventing the fire from spreading into adjacent townhouses. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2015

August 28, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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08/19/2015 – 12:16 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Main St. Child Custody Dispute
Police were contacted by a parent who advised that their ex-spouse was not abiding by a court ordered child custody agreement. After looking into the matter, it was determined that the court order had been properly followed and both parties had eventually resolved their issues.

08/20/2015 – 2:55 a.m 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Juvenile Complaint
Police on patrol observed several juveniles that were out in the early morning hours. It was determined that they had snuck out of their homes without parental permission. They were returned home and the parents were notified. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake

August 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Today at 6:43 a.m. the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning shots fired at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake. A WDBJ-TV news crew was conducting a live interview at the Plaza with Ms. Gardner when Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, Va., suddenly approached them and started shooting.

Two WDBJ-TV employees, Alison Parker, 24, of Roanoke, Va., and Adam Ward, 27, of Roanoke, Va. died at the scene. The woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, 62, of Goodview, Va., was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2015

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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8/13/2015 – 1:24 a.m. 400 Blk. Crosman Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a person that was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The person was taken into custody and taken to a mental health facility after consulting with Loudoun County Mental Health.

08/15/2015 – 3:55 p.m. 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Animal Complaint
Police were contacted about a dog left in a vehicle with the temperature well above 80 degrees. The dog was removed from the vehicle with moderate distress and placed in a safe environment. The dog owner was cited with a violation. … Continue Reading

Sterling Man Arrested in Series of Burglaries, Faces 9 Felony Charges in Loudoun

August 19, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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A Sterling man was charged last week in connection to a series of burglaries in Loudoun County that began in May 2015.

Jamil B. Alam, 23, is charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of grand larceny and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Alam has been charged in connection with the May 25 burglary of a residence in the 18600 block of Riverlook Court in Lansdowne, the June 28 burglary of a residence in the 42700 block of Red Shale Court in Ashburn, the June 28 burglary of a residence in the 21900 block of Auction Barn Drive in Ashburn, and the July 24 burglary of a residence in the 43000 block of Unison Knoll Circle in Ashburn. … Continue Reading

Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue

August 19, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The sinkhole on Currant Terrace NE in the Exeter neighborhood will be filled today in preparation for expected rain this evening and tomorrow.

According to Renée LaFollette, the Town’s Director of Public Works and Capital Projects, the fill is a temporary measure to prevent rain water from enlarging the sinkhole or further damaging utility lines.

“Once we have the geotechnical analysis done to determine if other underground voids exist, we’ll proceed with a permanent solution, including installation of new manholes for the sanitary sewer line and restoration of the water line, as well as replacing the pavement,”. LaFollette explained. … Continue Reading

Deputy Faces Simple Assault Charge after Virginia State Police Investigation

August 15, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was notified today that a deputy under investigation for an incident involving an arrestee was charged with simple assault by the Virginia State Police.

Deputy John W. Gregory, 31, a 10-year-veteran of the agency was served the misdemeanor summons on August 14. Gregory is assigned to the Field Operations Division as a patrol deputy. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

August 14, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

• Expect increased traffic and possible delays along Route 15 in the area of Lucketts Road, Spinks Ferry Road and St. Claire Lane for the Lucketts Fair. The road will be impacted on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

• A running race held on August 16 may impact traffic on Dry Mill Road, Colonial Highway and Route 9 in the area of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

Brumback Enters Pleas of Guilt in Connection to Attempted First Degree Murder

August 3, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Dallas Walton Brumback Jr., 36, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, in custody, and entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted first degree murder, four counts of child abuse and neglect, and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance as an accommodation.

In the fall of 2014, Brumback made contact with an undercover officer to make arrangements to have his ex-wife killed. The undercover officer advised that he knew a “guy” who would carry out the task for $5,000. Brumback agreed to the price and provided $900 towards the cost. The undercover officer and Brumback agreed to additional meetings during which Brumback would provide the balance of the money. Brumback also advised the undercover officer that he would provide a recent photograph of his ex-wife, directions to her residence, and a description of her car. … Continue Reading

Man Sentenced for Exposing himself at Leesburg Recreation Center

August 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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John Gordon Hall, 43, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, for sentencing on one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Judge Stephen E. Sincavage imposed two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

On the afternoon of February 2, 2014, Hall exposed his genitals to three 9-year-old girls in the Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center pool. The girls immediately reported the incident to a parent who was with them at the time. The girls described Hall as smiling “like the Cheshire cat” or the “Elf on a Shelf” while staring at them and exposing himself. A member of the Ida Lee staff approached Hall and asked for his name. Hall identified himself as “John Matthews.” Staff subsequently confirmed his name as “John Hall” through membership records and contacted law enforcement. … Continue Reading

Accident at Luck Stone Leesburg Quarry Employee Missing

August 3, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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At 6:28 a.m., Monday, August 3, Loudoun County Department Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management responded to reports of a structural collapse with possible entrapment at the Leesburg Quarry located at 20210 Luck Lane off of Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

Arriving on the scene, first responders discovered that a catastrophic failure had occurred in a 70 to 80 foot sand plant silo, which contained mineral filler used in asphalt. The wall of the structure was split open and large amounts of the filler spilled onto the ground around the silo. Luck Stone officials reported that they could not locate a 19-year-old male, who was working in the area when the structure collapsed. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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

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

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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

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Lifestyle

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

28 Aug 2015

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

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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

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

15 Jun 2015

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

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