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Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals
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Two local homeschool students were part of the Virginia High School Mock Trial State Championship team. Logan Kirkpatrick from Waterford and Cooper Millhouse from Purcellville joined four other teammates to win a third consecutive title for the ETHOS-C4 Mock Trial Team.  Kirkpatrick and Millhouse were also awarded individual awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness respectively.

ETHOS-C4, a collection of homeschooled students from Northern Virginia, defeated Ad Fontes Academy from Centerville, and other schools from Oakton, Arlington, and Fairfax. Under the direction of coaches and Patrick Henry graduates Tim Snyder and Mackenzi Siebert, the team will now represent Virginia at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, WI, May 8-10. Kirkpatrick said, “I could not imagine a team of more amazing students or brilliant coaches. I am so excited to share new memories, and hopefully trophies, with them at Nationals.” … Continue Reading

The Stress of Success

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on The Stress of Success
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Stress is something everyone has to deal with. I’ve never once met someone who has never had a bad day, been so stressed out that they’ve snapped at someone or broke down after a long day. Suffice to say, walking down the halls of my high school I see countless people freaking out about all the “stuff” they have to get done or worry about. This “stuff” can include: homework, studying (for any sort of assessment), sports, grades of any sort, drama (whether related to family, friends or teams) and anything else that can add to a person’s worry. In all cases, stress is central in most high school student’s daily lives. It’s the thing that can bring the strongest person to tears.

Yet, each person has a different amount of stress in their daily lives. Just as every student is different, the way a person deals with stress is too. … Continue Reading

Courage Has a Complicated Definition

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools 1 comment
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Courage is the most valued trait a person can have, but what really is courage? “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.” This famous quote written in Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches readers the ideals of courage. It is not in fact a man with a gun but far much more. Having read this as a freshman in English, I was baffled at first about the true meaning of this quote. I only now realize, as I’m about to head off into a new adventure, college, that if I am to succeed I need to have real courage. … Continue Reading

Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove

February 1, 2014 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) would like to announce that March 22 is Mulch Day at Woodgrove. You can order your spring mulch now online at www.gotmulch.org. Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch (three cubic feet bags) is available at $4.50/bag for one-39 bags and $4.00/ bag for 40 or more bags. Free Delivery by Wolverine athletes on orders of 10 bags or more within a 10 mile radius of Woodgrove High School. Or you can pick up your mulch at Woodgrove on Saturday, March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All monies raised will go towards the Woodgrove Athletics End of Year Celebration, Scholarships, and supporting the mission of the WWABC.

Homeschoolers Compete in Spelling Bee

January 29, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools 1 comment
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The 2014 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee was held on Januart 18 at the Purcellville Library. The junior bee was open to first through fourth graders, and the senior bee was for fifth through eighth graders. A total of 18 students competed.

The junior bee first place winners were Ethan Maher (first grade), Ethan Gonzalez (second grade), Samantha Stock (third grade) and Cayla Marino (fourth grade).

The senior bee first place winners were Kaitlyn Maher (fifth grade), Melissa Turner (sixth grade), Nino DeBarros (seventh grade), and Luke Thornburgh (eighth grade). These spellers will advance to the next level of the Scripps competition which is the Loudoun County Regional Bee. … Continue Reading

Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls
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By Mary Rose Lunde

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than you or for someone else.”
This quote, from the novel “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth, depicts the assumption of bravery. But bravery is much more. Consider the bravery of a student being bullied by another student. Aren’t they considered brave? Isn’t bravery just another form of deception in pretty packaging?

True bravery resides in everyone, it is only those that allow it to show that deserve the honor of being called brave. These brave heroes are soldiers. They lay their lives down to protect the innocent and leave the familiarity of home for the sake of others. And how do we honor these brave soldiers, who risk their lives for us on a daily basis? Easy, we send them addressed care packages from home that show our appreciation. … Continue Reading

Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association continued rewarding Wolverines that deserve it during the past month.

Under the new leadership of sophomore David Fischer, the Wolverine Spirit Plate committee got going in full swing for the year. Fischer heads up the group that makes recommendations on what events should be used as class competitions and then tackles the painstakingly slow task of crunching through all the collected results once the homeroom tallies come in. … Continue Reading

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal
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In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … Continue Reading

Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward
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The Loudoun County School Board voted Sept. 10 to initiate an application for conversion of Middleburg Elementary School to a charter school. The School Board will review the application under the policy and regulations they had amended previously to incorporate recent changes to Virginia charter school law. Those changes allow for local school board initiated charter applications that bypass review by the Virginia Board of Education.

The School Board was clear that this initiation of action does not guarantee that the application will be approved. The board also said that considering the application under the new school board initiated option was justified by the lengthy history of effort from Middleburg community members and student parents in working to resolve the problem of falling enrollment that was undermining the viability of the community school. … Continue Reading

First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA
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The initial BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) Session was held at UVA-Charlottesville Campus for three days, July 7-10. Eighty ninth and tenth grade students from Southwest, Southern Piedmont, Charlottesville and greater Richmond areas attended and had the opportunity to live in university dorms, eat in a university dining hall and participate in scientific and technical activities in university classrooms and labs. The purpose of this STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is to introduce students to STEM early in their careers.

The activities included robotics, small engineering projects and “Gee-Whiz” demonstrations of various scientific and technical capabilities in University facilities in the School of Engineering. In addition, a number of technology professionals including university professors, a former astronaut and technology industry officials participated in the program. The objective of the Session was to provide the students with a firsthand introduction to what the students might experience if they choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a profession. … Continue Reading

New Leader at Middleburg Academy

August 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on New Leader at Middleburg Academy
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Middleburg Academy welcomed Colley W. Bell III as its new head of school on July 1.

“We are excited to draw upon Mr. Bell’s lifelong love of independent schools and his demonstrated leadership qualities,” said Michael S. Hoover, chairman of Middleburg Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Everyone we’ve spoken to who has worked with Colley invariably describes him as an engaging and motivating figure, one who succeeds at getting people to accomplish challenging things.” … Continue Reading

Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

July 20, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit
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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial is one of only six Virginia projects to receive an Award of Merit in 2013.

The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial traces the history of school desegregation in Loudoun County, from 1930 to 1970. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the lobby of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg which opened in August 2012. The school sits on the site of a former school, also named Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which was built in 1958 as a segregated school for African-American students. The school remained segregated until 1968 when all public schools in Loudoun County were integrated. In 1982, the school closed and the building was converted to a support facility. … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools

July 2, 2013 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools
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Sounding slightly less certain than a year ago, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proceeded with its effort to rescind the special exception requirement with its mandatory public hearings for public schools. At its June 5 business meeting, the board directed staff to initiate an amendment to the zoning ordinance eliminating the special exception (SPEX) requirement for public schools in almost every zoning district. Over the next six months, staff will undertake the necessary public process to pursue such an amendment. The board’s final vote is expected in December.

The Loudoun County School Board and its staff have long lobbied for such a change to the ordinance. As reported in The Blue Ridge Leader last July, Sarah Howard-O’Brien of the Loudoun County Public Schools’ planning staff estimated that the change would conservatively save the county $50,000 per application, but “the real savings,” albeit hard to quantify, would be the months saved and the efficiency gained by a single focus on a site plan. In July 2012, citing greater efficiencies, process streamlining, and cost savings, a unanimous board agreed to pursue such a change. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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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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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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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

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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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

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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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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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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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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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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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

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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Lifestyle

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

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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

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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

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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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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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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

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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 …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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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

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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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