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Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Pleads Guilty to Bribery

May 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Pleads Guilty to Bribery
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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, pleaded guilty May 16, to bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused $380,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, McGregor served as the chief executive officer of Virginia Regional Transit, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia. VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation. McGregor engaged in a bribe scheme with co-conspirator Thomas Ahalt, then President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided automotive repair services to VRT. … Continue Reading

LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case

May 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case
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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives are utilizing advances in DNA technology to help solve a nearly 30-year-old sexual assault case.

Using DNA evidence from this investigation, detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that provides a DNA phenotyping service, called Snapshot™, which predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a suspect from unidentified DNA evidence. Snapshot produced a composite image of the suspect with these trait predictions that LCSO detectives hope will assist with their investigation. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 5, 2016

May 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 5, 2016
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05/05/2016 – 01:00 Hrs. 700 Blk of E. Main St. Suicidal Person
The officer was approached by a citizen asking for help to find their son who was having suicidal feelings. It was reported to the officer that the son had been sending text messages that were possibly suicidal. The officer checked the area and enlisted the help of the sheriff’s office. The person was located with minor injury. He was taken to the E.R. and was evaluated. Due to the quick response of family members, Police were able to find this person and he is now getting the help that he needed. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units

May 10, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced today that drug collection units are now available at three of the agency’s stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The drug collection units were awarded through a grant from CVS/pharmacy. … Continue Reading

Open Burning Ban in Effect

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Effective May 1, all open burning is prohibited within all areas of Loudoun County.  This regulation is in effect through September 30.

The only permitted open burning is campfires. Campfires can be no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height, must be used for cooking purposes, and cannot be closer than 50 feet to any structure. … Continue Reading

Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning

May 4, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning
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Since March 23, Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

Mulch fires occur predominately in spring and summer when vegetation and landscaping materials become dried out, allowing for easy ignition. Fire investigations have repeatedly demonstrated these fires often result from improperly discarded smoking materials. Smokers frequently discard lit smoking materials, including matches, into landscaped areas as they enter or exit a building. In addition, smokers also dispose of smoking materials from elevated balconies onto mulch covered ground material. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 21, 2016

April 30, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 21, 2016
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04/21/2016 – 10:00 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Narcotics Violation
Police were called for a report of a white powdery substance that a person found at the gas pumps. Person turned this into the store clerk and asked them to call police. The powder was field tested and tested positive for cocaine. Video footage is being looked at and this case is being investigated.

04/22/2016 – 01:00 a.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Driving Revoked

Vehicle was pulled over for speeding. During the traffic stop it was found that Mr. Shaundaidrick Walker did not have a driver’s license and it was reported as revoked. He was placed into custody and seen by a Magistrate. He was given a court date and released. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 14, 2016

April 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 14, 2016
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04/14/2016 – 3:50 a.m. 400 block Wordsworth Cir. Missing Person

Police were called to the residence for a report of a missing adult. The individual returned home 6 hours later.

04/14/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 17000 block Pickwick Dr. Missing Person

Police were called to the residence for a report of a missing child. The child was located several minutes later at a nearby residence and was unharmed. … Continue Reading

Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning from Fire Officials

April 19, 2016 Public Safety 1 comment
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Since March 23 Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

One such recent incident occurred the afternoon of April 6th when the Loudoun County 9-1-1 Center received a call for a fire in the 42000 block of John Mosby Highway. The caller reported a fire and that the business was being evacuated. Units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, and Fairfax County along with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on scene to find fire showing from the front of the building. The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was deemed by the FMO to have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials in the mulch next to the structure. Damages from this incident, which included a nearby vehicle, are estimated at $10,000. No injuries to public safety personnel were reported however two civilians were evaluated after inhaling chemicals from a fire extinguisher they applied to the fire. … Continue Reading

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

April 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

April 5, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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

Thank You

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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

June 2016
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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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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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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

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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

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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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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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

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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

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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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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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

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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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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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

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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

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Dancing Through Color

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Dancing Through Color

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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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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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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