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LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online
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A deputy on patrol investigating a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of a 68-year-old Manassas Park man who was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old Loudoun girl who he met online.

The investigation began on May 28 after a deputy observed a vehicle parked in a commercial parking lot around 9:15 p.m. in the 45000 block of Woodland Road in Sterling. The deputy located the suspect, Denard D. Springle, III, inside the car with the teenager. It was learned the two had met online and had been involved in a consensual relationship. Springle was initially charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events
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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.

  • A bicycle tour will be held on June 13 and June 14. Motorists should expect additional cyclists on the roadways in the area of Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg and in Round Hill en route back to Hillsboro.

  • A running race will be held in the area of the Ashbrook Shopping Center in Ashburn on June 13. The roads impacted include Lexington Drive, Atwater Drive, Ashbrook Place, Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The event will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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

Snickersville Turnpike Closes this Weekend

June 10, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Snickersville Turnpike Closes this Weekend
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Snickersville Turnpike (Route 734) will be closed between Paxson Road and Airmont Road from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14 so repairs can be made to the bridge over North Fork Beaverdam Creek, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured via Paxson Road and Airmont Road.

The bridge was struck recently and has significant damage to the concrete railing. Crews will replace six feet of the damaged railing with new concrete using custom formwork to maintain the existing shape and appearance.

Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

June 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg
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At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday June 6, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Lucketts, Sterling, Purcellville, Moorefield, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to a fire in a three-story, commercial tax-payer type structure located at 11 King Street South, in the Town of Leesburg. The building is comprised of a business on the first floor, with residential apartments located on the second and third floors of the building.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. Due to the volume of fire and the speed with which it was spreading to other units, a second alarm was struck bringing additional resources. … Continue Reading

Distracted Driving: Focus on the Here and Now

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Distracted Driving: Focus on the Here and Now
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By Barbara S. Williams

I want to talk to you about distracted driving. What is it? Why should we not drive distracted?

There are many definitions of distracted driving. The U.S. DOT’s definition is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” Safety is why we don’t want to drive distracted.

There are three major types of distracted driving:
Manual – taking one of both hands off the wheel while driving;
Visual – looking away from the road either within the interior of the car or the exterior; and
Cognitive -being mentally engaged in some activity that reduces the concentration and attention devoted to the task of driving. … Continue Reading

Pool Safety Peace of Mind

June 3, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Public Safety Comments Off on Pool Safety Peace of Mind
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Summer is here and splashing around or relaxing in a cool, sparkling pool is one of the best ways to take advantage of it.
Pool time enjoyment is nothing, however, without pool time safety. Drownings – including those in in-ground pools, above ground pools and inflatable pools – are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children one to four years old, and the third leading cause of injury-related death among children 19 years and under. Thousands of children and adults are treated at emergency rooms each year as a result of pool-related accidents.

Experts from our own local rescue squads, the American Red Cross and industry groups such as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) say that our growing awareness of pool safety basics is saving lives and reducing the rates of pool-related injury. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 15, 2015

May 27, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 15, 2015
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05/15/2015 – 2:30 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Fraud
A business owner reported that a person called him and claimed to be from Dominion Power and that his power was going to be turned off if he did not make payment over the phone. He knew this to be a scam and contacted police. Several similar calls had been received by other businesses in town.
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Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four

May 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four
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At approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, fire and rescue units from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Lucketts, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Round Hill, Leesburg and Fredrick County, Maryland responded to a house fire at 37999 Britain Road. First arriving units encountered a log and mortar, single-family tenant house with smoke showing from all four sides. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to fully extinguish the fire within an hour.

Around 3:30 a.m., Tuesday May 26, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call stating the fire had re-ignited and crews were again dispatched to the scene. They encountered the remnants of the original home and a nearby well house fully engulfed in flames and began a defensive attack. Firefighters remained on scene conducting overhaul until approximately 6:30 a.m. … Continue Reading

NOVEC Says Prepare for Storms during Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday

May 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on NOVEC Says Prepare for Storms during Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday
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Governor McAuliffe recognizes May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative encourages consumers to prepare for hurricanes and other storms by purchasing needed supplies and equipment during Virginia’s sale tax holiday for hurricane and emergency preparedness, May 25-31. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized the week as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.

“It’s critical that every Virginian take hurricane season seriously and understand how they could be affected by flooding, high winds and tornadoes during this time of year,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. … Continue Reading

Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor

May 23, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor
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A volunteer paramedic is under arrest after an investigation revealed he was having inappropriate contact with an underage female.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling was arrested Friday night and charged with indecent liberties with a child by a person
in a custodial or supervisory relationship and use of a communication device to solicit a child.

Ward is a Lieutenant at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad and a volunteer paramedic with the Sterling Rescue Squad. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 5/06/2015

May 15, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 5/06/2015
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05/06/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 100 Blk. N.31st St. Burglary
A citizen reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole a safe that contained firearms. The incident is under investigation.

05/07/2015 – 9:17 p.m. 36000 Blk. Allder School Rd. Assault
Two Juveniles at the high school were involved in an assault. No one was injured and the incident had been reported to police well after the fact. The matter is under investigation to determine if court action will be taken.

05/09/2015 – 5:25 p.m. 300 Blk. Locust Grove Dr. Larceny from Auto
An unlocked vehicle had been broken into and a wallet containing credit cards and other personal info had been stolen. … Continue Reading

D.C. Woman Sentenced for Theft from Ulta

May 13, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on D.C. Woman Sentenced for Theft from Ulta
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Judge Burke F. McCahill sentenced Gerrae L. Lynn 24, to an active sentence of one year and four months in the Virginia Department of Corrections in connection with an October 2014 theft. Lynn pled guilty to one count of grand larceny in Loudoun County Circuit Court on March 27.

On October 26, 2014, the store manager of Ulta’s Village at Leesburg location was reviewing video surveillance footage from earlier in the afternoon when she observed two women enter the store, remove perfume bottles from the store display, place them into their bags, and exit the store without paying for the items. Ulta staff reported a second incident involving the same suspects on November 20, 2014. Law enforcement was able to identify the two woman as Gerrae Lynn and Latasha Mungo. The two women were subsequently arrested for Grand Larceny. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Hit & Run of Bicyclist in Paeonian Springs

May 7, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Hit & Run of Bicyclist in Paeonian Springs
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the hit and run of a bicyclist in the area of Paeonian Springs this afternoon.

The adult male victim was riding his bicycle on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail when shortly before 3:30 p.m. on May 7 he crossed Simpson Circle near Route 9. As the victim was crossing the roadway, he was struck from behind by an unknown driver.

Based on the preliminary investigation it appears the vehicle turned onto Simpson Circle from eastbound Route 9 where the driver struck the bicyclist before leaving the scene.

The bicyclist received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the driver of the vehicle to come forward to provide information regarding the circumstances of the crash by calling 703-777-1021. Any potential witnesses are asked to call Sgt. Robinette of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Section at 703-737-8374.

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Willie White returns to North Gate Vineyard

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Two Pound Sterling Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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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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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

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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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one 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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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