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Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment
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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
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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.

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Purcellville Horse Farm Property

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

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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

The Builder’s Wife

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Builder’s Wife
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By Cathy Little

Where Do You Begin?

So you’re thinking of building a home in Loudoun. What should you do first? Buy land? Hire an architect? Or hire a builder? Land (as in single lots, not large tracts) is selling again and prices are on the rise, so your first impulse might be to run out and grab some before it gets too pricey.

Then again, you might not be quite ready to make that commitment. It might sound more appealing to sit down with an architect and put your dreams on paper.
Realistically, however, a custom home builder is in the best position to help you set up a budget for your land and house, with a clear knowledge of all the parts and pieces involved. Architects have vision but most are not aware of the hard costs of the components in your home. All too often, customers have brought us plans for homes that they will never be able to afford. … Continue Reading

Renters Can Search Their Home for Foreclosure Notices for Free at CheckYourLandlord.com

December 15, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Renters Can Search Their Home for Foreclosure Notices for Free at CheckYourLandlord.com

National foreclosure notice search helps renters avoid surprises from delinquent landlords.

As housing values continue to decline, rental rates are rising in many areas of the U.S. Property owners, many of whom have become “accidental” landlords due to the inability to sell their residences, often remain underwater on their mortgages, and despite their rental income are unable to continue to keep up with their mortgages. Renters become the unfortunate and innocent victims in these cases, as they may find themselves in a rental property with plans to stay for many years, facing a 90 day eviction notice when the property is sold in foreclosure. Even worse, stories abound in the press of renters who are served eviction notices stating that they have only days to vacate the property, throwing their lives into turmoil as they may not know about the laws which protect them in foreclosure situations. … Continue Reading

Real Estate Snapshot

May 31, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Real Estate Snapshot

By Heather Elias

The spring selling season is upon us, and I’m sure you are seeing more homes for sale, no matter where you are in western Loudoun. The three overview charts for single family homes in Loudoun County show us that median price is up seven percent since the first of the year, from $530,000 to around $572,000.

Meanwhile, average days on market is down from 110 days in January to 90 now. Inventory has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, about a 14 percent gain. (Statistics courtesy of Altos Research LLC)

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County for the month of April was a 175 acre retreat on Old Waterford Road in Paeonian Springs, co-listed by Jim Lemon Jr. of Middleburg Real Estate and Nancy Yahner of Keller Williams. Sold for just over $2.6 million, the property included pastures, woodlands, pond, and grapes in place for a vineyard/winery. The purchaser was represented by Charles Blanks of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties.

The least expensive home sold in Loudoun County in April was a one bedroom, one bath condo in the Country Club Green community in Leesburg. The top floor unit sold for $69,000 and was listed by Carolyn Young of RE/MAX Premier. The buyer was represented by Dan Ritchey of Keller Williams Realty.

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Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015

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Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

6 May 2015

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There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at …

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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

Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015

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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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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

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Lifestyle

Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

1 Jul 2015

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Purcellville’s fourth annual Wine & Food Festival will be Saturday, July 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This popular event was awarded the Visit Loudoun 2014 Tourism Event of the Year. To help offset some of the many fees associated with the event, Town Council set a $5 general admission fee. Children under …

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Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

18 Jun 2015

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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s …

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Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

12 Jun 2015

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Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse …

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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

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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Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

6 May 2015

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015

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By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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Letters

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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1 Apr 2015

speak

– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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