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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

August 28, 2015 by Contributor Real Estate Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house.

Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped by a Loudoun County-licensed septic tank cleaner, with a pump-out report submitted by the contractor to the Health Department within two weeks. … Continue Reading

On A Farm, Far, Far Away

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

By Hannah Hager

On a farm, far, far away, you’ll find yourself in a private, tucked away and secluded area. Such is the case of Faraway Farm in Round Hill, which also happens to be built during a time long past – its impeccable solid stone structure with copper roof date from the early 1700s, but the home has since been expanded to include a first floor bedroom and three additional suites.

Erected during a much simpler time when necessity took precedent over personal luxury, this estate has stood the test of time. Not only is it grandiose in its presence, but it’s also soft-spoken in its beauty. Its materials and craftsmanship do most of the talking and the landscape and grounds back it up in chorus. The front lawn boasts a serene pond that is hugged by lush green grass and mature trees. You might believe you’re living in the century in which Loudoun was founded until you step through the threshold to find every modern requirement taken care of and attended to. … Continue Reading

Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

– By Hannah Hager

When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon.
Before you start thinking that shade means no sunlight – reconsider. The thoughtful construction of this estate allows for every accommodation. Follow round the circular driveway with a centerpiece of a mature maple tree to the front porch that leads to a bright foyer. Beautiful hardwood floors are seen throughout and provide a brightness that gives a happy feel.

You’ll find more of the same to the entry of the family room that is surrounded by windows, including lovely French-style double doors opening to a slate patio. Seamless transitions are executed between indoors and outdoors, but we don’t want to go outside just yet. First we want to grab an afternoon snack in the kitchen with its white, custom cabinetry, recessed lighting and tiled countertops. Stand over the island or move the party to the formal dining room, which is elevated by two stairs and flanked by columns. You’ll enjoy showing off the extra finishes to friends, including the wood-burning fireplace.

If you’re more of a casual person take them to the breakfast nook with built-in bookcases and views of your 10-acre property. You’ll have ease of access between the kitchen and family room, but still maintain privacy away from the little rascals who have no doubt overtaken the great room where they’re also sure to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace and cathedral ceilings.

The most enviable room of the home is arguably its most private – the master suite. You’ll find no detail was overlooked in an effort to promote relaxation and rest. Crown molding, carpeting and another fireplace make for a slightly moodier ambience that promotes peacefulness. You won’t be the only one to enjoy a bit of privacy – guests and kids alike will find their room assignments equally as appealing.

Now, it’s time to return to the great outdoors where you’ll be wont to never leave. The slated back patio with lattice work awnings is perfect for entertaining. If you’re childlike at heart why not take a dip in the pool? Or, if you’re more of a worker bee take the short walk to your private multi-stable barn and start saddling up. Once you hop on the bandwagon of this home you’ll never jump off.

23559 Parsons Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
Bedrooms: Four
Bathrooms: Three and one half
Square footage: 5,361
Fireplaces: Five
Listing Price: $1,299,000
Acres: 10.5
Contact: Matt@sherrywilson.com

Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor

By Hannah Hager

If you’ve ever dreamt of being the lady or man of the manor, consider this home your wish come true.

The principal house situated on the three acre “Willow Point Estate” in River Point is likened after the grand Montpelier home once owned by the fourth President of the United States, James Madison and his wife, Dolly. Family and visitors alike will be struck by your home’s grandeur as they make their approach. The custom-finished luxury home, while at once majestic and imposing, is also warm and inviting – a treat to discover upon entering is threshold.

Climb the brick entry stairs and pass through the columned porch to the front entrance where you’ll be greeted by wide-planked hardwood floors in the foyer that add warmth to an already inviting home. Wallpaper evoking the days of yesteryear perfectly suits this stately home with twin staircases that meet in the middle of the second floor widow’s walk. This is where you’ll find the first glimpses of some exquisite finishing touches – 10-foot ceilings throughout the rooms that aren’t cathedral, architectural details such as upgraded trim and custom lighting fixtures. … Continue Reading

Expansive Views and Space in Leesburg

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Expansive Views and Space in Leesburg

By Hannah Hager
Expansive. Close your eyes and consider what that word means to you. Does it mean open skies? Does it mean rolling hills and mountains? Or does it mean sweeping ceilings, endless counter space and sprawling rooms?

This Leesburg home stands at the highest point of the county seat. From this vantage point you’ll receive breathtaking, panoramic views of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Let the sunrise drip through the 12 skylights throughout and give you a much needed jolt in the mornings. At night, watch the sun fall behind the hills in your front lawn.

It’s not all about the outdoors in this sprawling home, however, that has been meticulously cared for by the current owners for more than 20 years. You’ll see that this home was built with intention and purpose: you can enjoy a quiet moment in next to the brick fireplace in the den or hop on over to the conjoined 23-foot great room and dining to build family memories under the exposed beam cathedral ceilings.

Bright white accents are seen throughout the home, starting with the expansive white cabinetry in the kitchen to the wainscoting down the halls and in the vast bedrooms. The white plays nicely with the natural light that gives this large home a sense of warmth, purity and relaxation.

The master suite will recall elements of the “Ritz” and will not fail to disappoint. It would be difficult not to decompress here amongst the main area, in the bathroom or in the den off the suite with fireplace. Venture into the office, tea room, spend time in the finished basement or on the back deck. No matter where you find yourself in this home you’ll be more than content.


Purcellville Horse Farm Property

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Purcellville Horse Farm Property

– By Hannah Hager

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts?” Well, not so with this beautiful Cape Cod-style home and barn in Purcellville. You’ll have no problem kicking your kids out the front door – they’ll be running out on their own.

This is a professionally designed, yet personally maintained, horse farm property that boasts glorious views of green pastures from your front porch. The pristine, eight-stall, center-aisle barn boasts 12×14 stalls, a heated tack room for four season enjoyment, and a feed room and wash stall. It’s an equestrian’s delight with 3 x Run-ins that are fenced and cross fenced.

Have your choice of seven fields and two paddocks as most are equipped with water and electric. Had enough of the free range? Escort your horses to the 120×200 FICS lighted ring.
It may be an equestrian’s delight, but even the most avid riders need their downtime. The property’s red-roofed Cap Cod abode has a master suite on the main level. The large kitchen comes equipped with everything you need, including a neighboring breakfast nook.

pvllehorsefarmboxKick your feet up in the family room, which is also off the dining area and kitchen. This home’s open floor plan ensures you’ll have plenty of space to breathe and peer out the window at your more than 25 acres. In addition to amenities such as hardwood floors and a deck with views, the house is accommodating to a large family with three bedrooms on the upper level.

Whether you find yourself in the house or barn, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself. But, every morning you’ll also be asking – is it time to go outside and play yet?

Love the Outdoors at Your Lovettsville Home

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Love the Outdoors at Your Lovettsville Home

By Hannah Hager

“In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests.” – John James Audubon

What is a home if not a place for seclusion and restoration? Audubon, the famed naturalist who identified 25 new species of birds, would have perhaps found solace in this home on a corner lot in Lovettsville.

In fact, this home is primed for its owner’s enjoyment if not only because of its namesake. Situated at 7 Black Forest Lane, this street is named after one of the most-famed forests in the world – the Black Forest in Germany, an appropriate designation for the Dutch settlement.

The home boasts a widow’s walk on its roof. One can imagine the birds, sunrises and sunsets to behold. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, you can rock out on the slate-covered front porch or entertain guests on the back deck with a slate patio trickling by a stone wall to the backyard. … Continue Reading

Cozy Up In This Paeonian Springs Abode

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Cozy Up In This Paeonian Springs Abode

By Hannah Hager

Perhaps you’re looking for a cozy home you’d never want to leave as the winter continues to grace us with waves of snowstorms. If that’s the case, cast your eyes upon this truly unique home that effortlessly marries its deep history with modern amenities.

This stone home will welcome you in with its deep porches and thick columns. Its custom masonry, hardwood floors and flourished arches give a hint of its past. This was once the home of Mary Godfrey, an avid equestrian and Loudoun celebrity who was married to radio and television personality Arthur Godfrey.

The Godfrey’s resided at Beacon Hill, a 1,970-acre Leesburg estate where they raised horses and entertained dignitaries for decades until they sold the property in 1979. The Godfrey’s main residence at Beacon Hill was on Hurley Lane and looked over what is now the Beacon Hill subdivision just west of Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

October 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

Nationally, the summer of 2014 was quite interesting weather wise. The West and Southwest experienced some of the hottest summers ever recorded. The Midwest experienced some of the coolest temperatures ever recorded. The Southeast produced a mixed bag of weather – unusually hot in some places while cool in others. While the Washington area, Baltimore, Richmond and other places were a bit hotter than usual. And, we all suffered our share of strong storms – including windstorms and heavy rains.

All of this reminds us that how we plan to heat, cool and tend to our home and yards this fall is very important. … Continue Reading

Tiny House Movement

October 1, 2014 by Carol Morris Dukes Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is an apt description for a relatively new social society that advocates a frugal approach to housing that pushes the envelope by embracing homes that are less than 1,000 square feet—and often much, much smaller. The architectural commonality for “tiny houses” is the emphasis on practical, multi-use design. Often, a tiny house incorporates furniture that doubles as storage and can morph into the accessory of choice when needed. Modern, state of the art technology is often found in regards to appliances and other equipment. Height matters—and often vertical space is maximized. And—for a growing number of tiny home lovers—they can be built on wheels and moved from place to place. For today, almost all tiny homes are located in rural areas where “green” living is embraced and the use of rain barrels, composting toilets and recycled grey water are not controversial.

Part of the appeal to owning a tiny home is that many people can build them themselves—and the popular homes on wheels do not require building permits (although some jurisdictions may have zoning in place that would challenge their use). The typical tiny house on wheels has only about 120 square feet of living space. The tiny house is built with conventional building supplies and is built to last, with a price tag ranging between $15,000 to $60,000. They can be used on property as guest homes or offices; and moved around to suit the owner.

The primary attraction to tiny home living lies within the money saving lifestyle and emphasis on reducing one’s environmental impact. Highly efficient and built with eco-friendly composting toilets and nature-friendly materials, the tiny home movement allows the owner to live where they want with more cash in hand to enjoy the things that matter most to them.

While not for everyone, tiny homes offer an alternative lifestyle for those people who want to enjoy the benefits of simple living while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Inexpensive and economical, tiny homes are enjoying a growing presence throughout our nation’s rural landscape. For more on the tiny house movement, visit Berryville’s own local tiny house builder, Robin Hayes. Her website is: www.build-tiny.com.

Agency law in Virginia has changed… Part II

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Agency law in Virginia has changed… Part II
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By Carl Fischer

July 1, 2012 has now passed, and the new regulations put in place by the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) and through it’s licensing and oversight arm, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) are now the law of the land.

So from this date forward, when you engage for the first time ANY licensed real estate agent or broker here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, be prepared to declare how you would like him to provide services for you. You have three choices:

  1. As a STANDARD AGENT, who has the normal and usual responsibilities to represent you as in the past. But he may also have additional duties which you and he must agree to, in writing, or
  2. As a LIMITED SERVICE AGENT, (formerly a limited service representative), who acts for or represents a client with respect to real property containing from one to four residential units, pursuant to a brokerage agreement that specifies that he will NOT PROVIDE one or more of the duties set forth in a specific list itemizing such services, or
  3. As an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, whose role in NOT that of an agent, but may be referred to as a “transaction broker”, among other terms. In this capacity, the service you barter for (and agree to) is best characterized as a third-party facilitator whose job it is to seek agreement between the parties so as to achieve the goal of the client (you). The standards and duties of the agent in this capacity is far more limited on your behalf than either of the other two.

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The Builder’s Wife

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Builder’s Wife

By Cathy Little

Smart Homes
When we attend the builders’ shows, some of my favorite displays are the “smart” home vendors. The capabilities they promise evoke visions of a house that the Jetsons would be at home in – integrated control of lighting, heating, sound, security, etc., all at your fingertips.

Our clients have taken advantage of various aspects of this technology. However, you don’t have to build a new home to put this luxury to use. The best part about a smart home is that the various options can be integrated and managed through an LCD console user interface in your kitchen or better yet, remotely from your smartphone. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife: A Plan You Can See

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Builder’s Wife: A Plan You Can See

By Cathy Little

Whether you’re building a detached garage or a whole new home it is important to have a good picture of what you want it to look like. People often have an idea of the style of home they’re looking for and they typically have a wish list of what the layout might be. Communicating these desires to a designer is another matter. Three-dimensional home design software has been around for over 20 years and in the last ten has become first-rate; there’s no longer any reason to rely on two-dimensional drawings. This software (of which there are several options) will give you a sense of the final product right down to the grain and stain of the kitchen cabinets and what knobs are the best match. … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015


NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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At Wits End

7 Aug 2015


Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015


I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015


– 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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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


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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What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …


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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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


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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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015


The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015


Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship


Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers


By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …


Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill


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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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015


Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015


Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– 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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Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

town of purcellville sign

I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015


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

Bob Ohneiser

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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