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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 14, 2016

January 21, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 14, 2016
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01/14/2015 – 10:22 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Hirst Rd. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a juvenile at a medical facility being disorderly and damaging property. C.I.T. trained police officers responded and calmed down the youth and medical staff were no longer concerned with his behavior and no longer needed police involvement.

01/15/2016 – 8:32 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Warrant Service
Tyree Smith, a 38 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Virginia State Police. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to the Winter Storm

January 21, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to the Winter Storm
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Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 8:00 a.m. today, an action that authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to a major winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth through Sunday.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses. … Continue Reading

Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School

January 18, 2016 News, Public Safety, Schools Comments Off on Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School
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This evening, Loudoun Valley High School Principal Sue Ross sent an e-mail to Loudoun Valley families discussing a rumored threat to the school. Below is her message.

Good evening, this is Sue Ross, principal at Loudoun Valley. During the last few hours there have been numerous posts on social media saying that it is unsafe to attend Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Emotions ran high Friday at our school after the death of a student Thursday. Out of frustration, a student may have said something irresponsible that was overheard by other students. To their credit, these students reported these words to the administration immediately. The student was questioned and it was determined that there was no threat whatsoever. There was, and is, no credible threat to student and staff safety at Loudoun Valley. Purely as a precaution — and let me stress this — purely as a precaution, there will be extra law enforcement officers at Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Last Thursday, I asked our students to be responsible and mature when using social media and they responded beautifully. I would renew that request tonight knowing you will respond in the responsible manner I’ve come to expect of you. Thank you.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 8, 2016

January 17, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 8, 2016
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01/08/2016 – 7:00 a.m. 100 Block of Purcellville Gateway Dr. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that someone keyed the side and back of his vehicle. Damage was valued at $1500.00. Police are investigating.

01/08/2016 – 3:30 p.m. 100 Block of Purcellville Gateway Dr. Domestic Dispute
Report of a domestic dispute between girlfriend and girlfriend. No assault had occurred. Both subjects left the area prior to police arrival.

01/11/2016 – 2:36 p.m. 100 Block of N. 16th St. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that someone broke their window during the night. Damage valued at $100.00. There are no suspects at this time.

01/12/2016 – 9:00 a.m. 100 Block of Bailey Ln. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that their building was egged and someone cut screens on several windows. Damage valued at $100.00. Police are investigating.

Upcoming Quarterly Meetings by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

January 17, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Upcoming Quarterly Meetings by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold public safety meetings at each of the agency’s four service area stations in January and February and residents are encouraged to attend.

The quarterly public safety meetings are part of the agency’s effort to better utilize resources, while at the same time providing a higher level of service to county residents. All residents, homeowners associations, community groups, town representatives, and business owners are invited to attend. … Continue Reading

Police Investigating Student Death

January 15, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office along with the Purcellville Police Department is investigating an apparent suicide of a Loudoun Valley High School Student, on Thursday, along the W&OD Trail near LVHS.

LVHS Principal Sue Ross sent out an email and a recorded phone call to the school community saying, “This death, while tragic, does not involve any of our other students, nor does it pose a safety threat to our campus.”

The school will have additional counselors Friday, January 15, to help the students and staff work through this difficult time, stated Ross in the email.

Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners
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In an effort to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the local community, Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) in Lincoln is working with the Town of Purcellville to make 60 high quality trigger locks available for free to the public. The locks, which work with almost all types of firearms, can be picked up starting January 3 at Purcellville Town Hall and Purcellville Police Department.

According to the most recent statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 33,600 people in the United States were killed by firearms in 2013. Of that number, more than 21,000 were suicides. There are no statistics available for gun-related injuries which are not reported to the CDC. … Continue Reading

Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County
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A new app available at the ITunes App Store and at Google Play eases the reporting of crime tips and traffic issues for Loudon County residents. The app, developed by the Loudon Country Sheriff’s Office, permits users to submit crime tips anonymously and includes the ability to send photos and videos from a smartphone.

Non-emergency crime reports can also be filed through the app utilizing the agency’s online crime reporting system. Residents can also file a traffic complaint regarding speeding issues or other traffic safety concerns. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 22, 2015

January 2, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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12/22/2015 – 12:00 a.m. Rt 7 Bypass/Hillsboro Rd. Liquor Law Violation

Caroline Lampl, 18 years old, of Bluemont, was pulled over for an equipment violation. During the traffic stop it was determined that she had an open container of alcohol within her reach. She was charged and released on a summons.

12/22/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 200 Block of N. Maple Ave. Larceny

Victim reported his wallet was stolen from the building. No witnesses or surveillance were available. Victim had already cancelled credit cards and was given a case number to take to DMV for a new ID card. … Continue Reading

Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia

December 29, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia
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East Coast I-95 “Drive to Save Lives” Initiative Remains Ongoing Through New Year

Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend resulted in the deaths of one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways. The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes. As of December 28, 2015, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014. … Continue Reading

5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season

December 21, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on 5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season
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Virginia State Police announced plans to focus patrols during time periods when alcohol consumption and holiday parties are most prevalent. “I can give you more than 5,000 reasons why you should designate a sober driver,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “In 2014, 4,834 drunk drivers were arrested by Virginia State Troopers. Another 251 persons were killed on Virginia’s highways in alcohol-related crashes. There are no excuses. You have a choice. Choose to designate a driver and do your part to drive to save lives this holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015

December 18, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015
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12/10/2015 – 06:31 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Assault
The victim reported that an acquaintance had assaulted him. He was not injured and did not wish to pursue charges.

12/11/2015 – 10:24 p.m. 400 Blk. Plymouth Ridge Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police called to the scene of a person that was trying to harm himself. He was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Church Fire Deemed Incendiary

December 16, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Church Fire Deemed Incendiary
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has classified the October 22, fire at the Grace Annex Methodist Church, located at 441 12th Street, Purcellville as incendiary in nature.

The early morning fire produced minimal damage to the structure and did not impair day to day functions of the church.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is currently leading the investigation into the October 22, fire and is working alongside the Purcellville Police Department.

A reward may be offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the incident. Anyone with information should contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 if you wish to remain anonymous.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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 …

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Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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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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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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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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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