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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 7, 2016

April 15, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 7, 2016
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04/07/2016 – 12:18 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Shoplifting
An off-duty police officer observed a subject steal beer from a store and proceeded to follow him and report the incident to police officers who took the subject into custody. Oliver McDade, an 18 year old male of Leesburg, was charged with theft and released on a summons. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 2, 2016

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04/02/2016 – 11:23 p.m. 200 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute
Husband and wife involved in a domestic argument. No assaults took place and the husband left for the night to calm the situation down.

04/04/2016 – 11:00 a.m. 100 Blk. E. Main St. Check the Welfare
Police were called to the scene to the check the welfare of a small child with no proper adult supervision. Contact was made with the child that was not in immediate danger but did require follow-up with Loudoun County Child Protective Services. … Continue Reading

CIA K-9 Training Exercise Explosives Left on LCPS Bus

April 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on CIA K-9 Training Exercise Explosives Left on LCPS Bus
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Federal officials have confirmed that the explosives material found by a maintenance worker on a school bus parked at Briar Woods High School last week was apparently left in the vehicle by a federal agency conducting training exercises. Briar Woods is a secondary school in Ashburn serving students in Broadlands, Brambleton and surrounding neighborhoods.
While school and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department authorities were able to quickly confirm that the explosives materials could not be activated using normal operation of the bus, the parents of students who might have been on the bus when the explosives were present were quickly contacted. … Continue Reading

Stabbing in Purcellville – April 4

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On Monday afternoon, April 4, there was a report of a stabbing committed against Pastor Janney at his house located in the Locust Grove subdivision in Purcellville. The stabbing was reportedly domestic in nature. According to the Purcellville Baptist Church social media page Pastor Janney is in stable condition. Janney was flown to the hospital in a helicopter which landed in a field near the parking lot of the church. Janney is pastor of the Purcellville Baptist Church.

There was a lock out at Blue Ridge Middle School, and Loudoun Valley High School. Emerick Elementary was out for the day but after school activities were locked down. The adult male suspect fled the scene but was apprehended shortly after the incident.

We will update as more information becomes available.

LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery at Gas Station in Ashbrook Commons Plaza

April 3, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery at Gas Station in Ashbrook Commons Plaza
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at an Ashburn gas station where the suspect fired a shot inside the store.

Shortly before midnight on April 1, 2016, the suspect entered the Shell gas station located in the 20060 block of Ashbrook Commons Plaza, displayed a firearm and demanded the clerk open the cash register. During the course of the robbery the suspect discharged a round from the firearm. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 23, 2016

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03/23/2016 – 05:46 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Loitering Complaint
A business was complaining of juveniles and young adults hanging out in the back parking lot of his business. Contact was made with the owner and the group of individuals and they agreed to leave and not return in the future. Extra patrol will be dedicated to the area in the future.

03/23/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 16000 Blk. McNaughton Ct. Assist other Police Agency
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid assistance with an off-road vehicle crash that had occurred just outside the town limits due to no Sheriff’s Office units in the area to respond. Purcellville Police units responded and secured the scene until Sheriff’s Office and rescue units arrived. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2016

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03/17/2016 – 05:00 p.m. 200 Blk. W. “J” St. Destruction of Property
The complainant reported that his mailbox and post had been damaged. He provided some information about a possible suspect and the incident is under investigation.

03/18/2016 – 2:23 a.m. 200 Blk. Hirst Rd. DWI
Elizabeth Bufkin, a 32 year old female of Purcellville, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

03/19/2016 – 7:00 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute. No assaults took place and the situation was mediated prior to police leaving the scene.

Leesburg Man Convicted for Stealing Checks from Employer

March 17, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Leesburg Man Convicted for Stealing Checks from Employer
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Defendant to pay over $15,000 in restitution

Kenneth Morris Sutton, 49, appeared before Judge Jeanette A. Irby, in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering, two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a check. Irby sentenced Sutton to an active sentence of three years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for the felony charges and twelve months on each of the misdemeanors. … Continue Reading

Local Officials to Hold Discussion with Parents and Students on Rising Use of Heroin

March 17, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials to Hold Discussion with Parents and Students on Rising Use of Heroin
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U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10th District) in conjunction with Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host their second public discussion for both parents and students regarding heroin addiction, the resources available to those who are addicted and prevention efforts. Recently, a 17-year-old high school student in Fairfax County died because of a potential heroin overdose. As a community we must get the word out on the perils of heroin addiction. Last August, officials held a similar forum with the public. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 10, 2016

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03/10/2016 – 05:50 a.m. 300 Blk. S. Davis Dr. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute between family members. No assault(s) took place and the situation had calmed down prior to police leaving the scene. The argument had started about one of the parties had been locked out of the residence and no one would let him in.

03/12/2016 – 10:42 a.m. 400 Blk. Yorkshire Ridge Ct. Mail Theft
The victim reported that a piece of mail that he expected delivery on had likely been stolen from outside his residence. The postal service confirmed delivery on the item. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

LCSO Seeks Information in February Burglary at Retirement Community

March 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Information in February Burglary at Retirement Community
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Detectives Release Composite Sketch of Person of Interest

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Detectives have released a composite sketch of a person of interest in a February 2016 burglary at a retirement community in Sterling.

A resident, who lives in the 20400 block of Earhart Place at Falcon’s Landing, reported on February 18 her home was entered between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A large amount of jewelry was reported missing from the home. The victim reported just prior to leaving her home, an unknown male came to her door and when she answered he said he was at the wrong house. … Continue Reading

Missing 12-Year-old Located Safe and Sound

March 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing 12-Year-old Located Safe and Sound
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A missing 12-year-old girl from Sterling was located safe and sound Sunday evening after an extensive search involving the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Police Department.

The girl was located walking in the area of Algonkian Regional Park after residents recognized her from a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post alerting the public she was missing. “Social media can be a powerful tool,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The Facebook post notifying the community she was missing was shared over 6,000 times from the East Coast to California. The efforts of Loudoun Deputies, the Virginia State Police, the Fairfax County Police and our community helped bring her home safe tonight,” Sheriff Chapman added. … Continue Reading

20-Year-Old Murder Still Unsolved

March 9, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 20-Year-Old Murder Still Unsolved
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Twenty years ago, a 25-year-old graduate student was driving along Route 29 from Baltimore, Md., to Charlottesville, Va., when she disappeared. Her vehicle, a Mercury Tracer, was found abandoned later that same day in Culpeper County. Two months later, the remains of Alicia Showalter Reynolds were discovered in a field that had recently been cleared of trees in the rural community of Lignum, Va. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 …

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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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Calendar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

30 May 2016

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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, …

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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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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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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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