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Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe

January 6, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe
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Loudoun County officials remind everyone that the cold and snowy weather conditions we are experiencing can bring treacherous roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. There are precautions you can take to stay safe:

  • Remember the phrase; “Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.”
  • If roads are icy, do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use extreme caution when driving. You may not be able to stop as quickly as usual on the snow-covered or wet pavement.
  • If sidewalks are icy, take short steps and bend slightly.
  • If you fall, avoid using your arms to protect against breaks.

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Suspect Involved in Domestic-Related Incident Rams Vehicle into Cruiser

January 4, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect Involved in Domestic-Related Incident Rams Vehicle into Cruiser
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Deputy Fired Single shot before Taking Suspect into Custody

A suspect is in custody after a domestic-related incident where the man purposely rammed a stolen vehicle into a deputy in a Sheriff’s Office cruiser. As the suspect began to drive towards the deputy a second time, the deputy discharged a round at the vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody unharmed.

A Sheriff’s Deputy was initially called to a residence in the area of Newlin Mill Road near Unison shortly before 11:00 a.m. on January 3 for a domestic-related argument. The male subject, who was no longer at the residence upon the arrival of the deputy, was advised to not return to the home or he would be trespassed. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Hospital Updates Visitation Policy Due to Flu

January 3, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Hospital Updates Visitation Policy Due to Flu
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Due to increased flu-like illness activity at Inova Loudoun Hospital, effective immediately, Inova Loudoun Hospital is temporarily changing visitation hours to two blocks of time, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Temporary visitation policy changes that were implemented recently are still in effect until further notice:

No visitors under the age of 16
No visitors with any symptoms of influenza-like illness
Visitors will be limited to two persons
Visitors may be issued masks for use while visiting, and asked to wash hands frequently
For Women’s and Children’s Units as well as Adult Critical Care, and Oncology patients additional measures may apply. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services January Screenings Schedule

January 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services January Screenings Schedule
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Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of January. For further information call the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-8818 or visit www.inova.org/mobilehealth.

Thursday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
BP Screenings … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary

December 31, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released video surveillance of a suspect involved in the December 25 burglary of the Bridge End Center convenience store.

In the video, the suspect, wearing a ghillie suit, uses a splitting maul to damage the exterior wall of the store located in the 11100 block of Berlin Turnpike near Lovettsville. He is then observed removing over 120 cartons of cigarettes from the store. The video can be viewed at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/bridgeend .

The incident began around 10:45 p.m. on December 25 and the theft was discovered on the morning of December 26. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter

December 22, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter
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12/4/2014 5:00 p.m 700 Blk. E. Main St Simple Assault

A 17 yr old juvenile arrived on station to report an assault that occurred in the parking lot of a business in the 700 Blk of E. Main Street. The juvenile reports he was hanging out in a parking lot area and was approached by two known subjects that accused him of a theft from a family member. An argument ensued and complainant alleges that he was choked and taken to the ground by one of the subjects. The subject released the complainant and left the scene. The juvenile’s parent was notified and the process was explained on how obtain a warrant from the magistrate. … Continue Reading

VSP Searching for Possible Suspect Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Frederick County

December 20, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on VSP Searching for Possible Suspect Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Frederick County
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The investigation continued Friday into an early-morning fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian in the Clearbrook community of Frederick County – near the West Virginia border.

Virginia State Police are now trying to locate a Volkswagen Beetle, manufactured between the years of 2000 and 2010. The car would have damage to its front left and/or driver’s side. Anyone with information concerning this vehicle or the fatal hit-and-run is asked to call the Virginia State Police Area 13 Office in Winchester at 540-662-3313 or the Virginia State Police Dispatch Center at 540-829-7771. … Continue Reading

Two Teens Charged in Connection with Armed Robbery in Aldie

December 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Teens Charged in Connection with Armed Robbery in Aldie
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Two teenagers were charged in connection with a reported robbery that occurred in December in the Aldie area.

Sukhpreet Singh, 18, and a 15-year-old, both of Aldie, were charged with robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The charges stem from a report by two teenaged victims who were walking in the area of Millstream Drive and Southpoint Drive shortly before 3:00 p.m. on December 6. A dark gray sedan approached them and two males exited the vehicle and demanded cash. One of the suspects brandished a firearm from the car. A small amount of cash was taken from the victims. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Hospital Limits Visitation Policy Due to Flu

December 17, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Hospital Limits Visitation Policy Due to Flu
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Due to increased flu-like illness activity at Inova Loudoun Hospital, today, December 15 Inova Loudoun Hospital has instituted temporary changes to their visitation policy.

The temporary measures apply to visitors until further notice:

  • No visitors under the age of 16
  • No visitors with any symptoms of influenza-like illness
  • Visitors will be limited to two persons
  • … Continue Reading

Assault on the W&OD Trail

December 12, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety 1 comment
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On Monday, December 8, the Purcellville Police responded to Leesburg to interview a 21 year old female who reported that she had been assaulted on the W&OD Trail near 21st Street. The complainant stated that she began to run on the trail at approximately 6:10 p.m. when an unknown male wearing a hooded shirt and hat grabbed her from behind. The complainant was able to break free and run back to her vehicle to drive home. She received scratches on her neck and a cut over one eye. No further information is available at this time.

Purcellville Police advises everyone that uses the W&OD Trail to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and to notify the police of any suspicious activity.

Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer
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Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to exercise caution when using gas operated appliances in and around the home. When gas appliances are not used and maintained properly they can release a toxic gas called carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide occurs when fuels such as gasoline, wood, natural gas, propane, etc. burn incompletely.

Heating and cooking appliances are some of the most common offenders but running vehicles and generators inside a garage can also emit the toxic gas. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous and is commonly referred to as the “silent killer” because it goes undetected due to its invisible, odorless, colorless, tasteless nature. The easiest way to protect yourself from this poison is to practice safe behaviors and install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 400 people die in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning each year. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 24, 2014

December 2, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 24, 2014
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11/24/2014 6:56 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St Destruction of Property

Police were dispatched to Purcellville Gateway Shopping Center where they met a complainant that reported that a vehicle in the parking lot had a gas nozzle/line hanging from the vehicle. Officers located owner of the vehicle and owner was unaware that he drove off without removing the gas nozzle. Police and owner of the vehicle returned to the business to resolve the situation.

11/24/2014 2:00 p.m. 100 Blk.Cornwell Lane Destruction of Property

A citizen report’s to police that her vehicle was parked on curb area while she was working at a local business and when she returned to the vehicle she noticed that her soft top was cut on her Jeep Wrangler. She further advised that this is the 4th time in the past (3) year’s damage has occurred to her vehicle at this location. No suspects or leads at this time. … Continue Reading

Sheriff Offers Burglary Prevention Tips for Holiday Season

December 2, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff Offers Burglary Prevention Tips for Holiday Season
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As the Holidays approach, so do the number of burglaries in Loudoun County and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know how to prevent these crimes and what to do if you are a victim.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit reminds residents to make sure doors and windows are locked, always secure your garage door, keep your house lit from the outside (use timers on lights and holiday lights), and have a trusted neighbor watch your home when you are out of town.

Residents are also encouraged to follow these tips to help prevent theft this Holiday season: … Continue Reading

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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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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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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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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

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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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