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Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

May 6, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship
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The Loudoun Valley Debate Team won the Virginia High School League state championship the weekend of April 24 at Liberty University. This is the team’s second state championship; they won last year also. Their specialty is Lincoln Douglas and public forum debate. Their coach is Julie Hildbold who teaches English at LVHS. Hildbold said, “Debate requires teamwork and a strong work ethic. In debate students develop public speaking skills and critical thinking. It is definitely intellectually challenging.”

The team covers world topics, philosophy, and all sorts of strategies for speaking and arguing. Valley freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to join the team.

Two Big Honors for Woodgrove High School

April 16, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Two Big Honors for Woodgrove High School
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By Annie Williams, WHS Student Council Vice President of Marketing

On March 20, 16 members of the Woodgrove Student Council traveled to Williamsburg for the 89th annual Virginia Student Councils Association Convention. Woodgrove student Ryan Thomas and principal Sam Shipp both left the convention with new honors. … Continue Reading

A Philadelphia Eagle Makes His Way To a Purcellville Prom

March 4, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on A Philadelphia Eagle Makes His Way To a Purcellville Prom
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By Hannah Hager

A little bit of Philadelphia came to Purcellville last week when a Woodgrove High School Junior got exactly what she’d asked for.

Sixteen year-old Hannah Delmonte is a self-proclaimed Eagles fan living in Washington Redskins territory. Football may be in off-season, but prom season is in full swing. Perhaps this is why Delmonte, who may have been inspired by social media stories from around the country of regular citizens gunning for celebrity attendance at their events, contacted Eagles’ linebacker Emmanuel Acho to ask if he’d join as her date to the high school’s prom. … Continue Reading

Ask and You Shall Receive: School Board Approves Williams’ First Budget

February 3, 2015 News, Schools 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

The Loudoun County School Board has given Superintendent Eric Williams more than he asked for. At its January 29 meeting the board approved an amended Proposed Fiscal Year Operating 2016 Budget that now totals $982 million — $1.2 million more than Williams had requested.

Williams presented his first budget proposal as Superintendent to the Loudoun County School Board in early January asking for $68 million. An average 2.5 percent pay raise for teachers and staff topped off his list of requests.

The Board matched Williams’ requests in kind. It voted that LCPS employees who are already at the top of all pay scales will see their paychecks bumped up thanks to a one-time increase representing 1 percent of their annual salary. This can be achieved with no fiscal impact to the budget.

The board hopes to reduce the LCPS employee health insurance program by five percent – from 15 to 10 percent – for a cost savings of $2.6 million while also reducing the health insurance premium increase from 10 to 9 percent, which saves $450,000. … Continue Reading

News from Woodgrove’s High School Student Council

February 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on News from Woodgrove’s High School Student Council
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This February, Woodgrove High School’s Student Council will celebrate the 100th day of school. All students will be invited to the Student Council’s monthly general assembly meeting the day after the 100th day of school. Prizes will be raffled off to those in attendance at the meeting. All prizes will include a 100th day theme, including items such as 100 pennies, 100 pieces of chewing gum, 100 bottles of ice tea, and 100 cupcakes. The Student Council will also be celebrating the 100th day of school by hosting a door decorating competition. Homerooms across the school are challenged to decorate their homeroom doors in accordance to the 100th day theme by using 100 of any item of their choice in their design. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs

February 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs
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Loudoun Valley High School’s Drama Department had a successful fall. They traveled to Norfolk in October for the Virginia Theatre Association’s annual conference and state competition. Their production, “The Trial of Ygor,” written by Virginia native Brian Wrestler and directed by Loudoun Valley’s Russ Staggs, swept the awards, bringing home nearly a dozen different trophies in various categories. The cast and crew were recognized for lighting and sound design and execution, ensemble work and acting.

Individual acting awards were given to juniors Matt Geczy and Patrick Dahlman, who portrayed the judge and Victor Frankenstein, respectively. Charlie Trochlil, a sophomore, was named the best actor in the state of Virginia.

After two intense performances, the Loudoun Valley Drama troupe was named state champions for their performance. … Continue Reading

Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

January 18, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School
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This past December, the Woodgrove Student Council hosted the annual Holiday Door Decorating contest. Every homeroom in the school was challenged to participate in the competition by decorating their homeroom door with a holiday or winter theme of their choice. Students and teachers worked together in their homerooms to bring together resources such as photos, ornaments, glitter, lights, and music to use in their door design. By the day before winter break, students were able to walk through the halls and admire many newly decorated classroom entrances.

The Student Council ad hoc committee for Door Decorating was led by Woodgrove sophomore Sara Hallam. Sara and her committee created the rules by which doors could by decorated, and the criteria that the doors would be judged by. The committee also put together a panel of teachers from various departments to judge the final homeroom doors. Theses teachers would choose one winning door from each grade, along with one overall winner. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center

January 6, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center
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Melissa Eom, Class of 2016 and Saketh Vellanki, Class of 2015 at Middleburg Academy have been accepted to the NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Aerospace program which started November 28, 2014. Melissa and Saketh will be participating in an online aerospace engineering course from November 2014 to May 2015. Upon successful completion of the program, Melissa and Saketh could be accepted into an on-site summer research opportunity at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Another student at the Academy, Niketh Vellanki, Saketh’s younger brother, Class of 2017 has been accepted into the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program that focuses on science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  The program features a dynamic online STEM learning experience in five modules and a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. where scholars learn first-hand form NASA professionals.

Mountain View Wins National PTA Awards

October 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Mountain View Wins National PTA Awards

mountainview1The National PTA has recognized Mountain View Elementary with two awards.

The first is as a National PTA School of Excellence for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

“The partnership between Mountain View Elementary and Mountain View Elementary’s PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “Mountain View Elementary and Mountain View Elementary’s PTA have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence.” … Continue Reading

Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance

October 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance
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Citizens Seek Second Look For Community Center Renovations

Loudoun County plans to demolish original Lovettsville School classroom wings built in the 1930s. The classrooms were restored after a 1976 fire destroyed other parts of the school and the building was repurposed as the Lovettsville Community Center. Many in the community have voiced strong opposition to the planned demolition, some of which centers on the county’s perceived disregard for historical resource preservation and some of which is related to a lack of due process and public disclosure.

The project was part of a bond package to upgrade five community centers to bring those facilities into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The three remaining centers include Lovettsville, Sterling and Philomont. … Continue Reading

Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

June 6, 2014 Schools Comments Off on Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp
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The Loudoun and Fauquier County Bar Associations are gearing up for the 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp, hosted by the Town of Leesburg. Twenty-four rising seniors from public and private schools across Loudoun and Fauquier Counties will participate in this week-long camp that provides in-depth training in the legal system, culminating in mock trials at the Loudoun County Courthouse on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Last year, Law Camp was renamed to honor retired Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne, who initiated the project. Students prepare all week for their mock trials, working directly with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other legal professionals. Local sitting judges preside over the mock trials, community leaders and other volunteers serve on the juries, and local attorneys demonstrate their dramatic skills as witnesses.

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Valley Debate Team Big Winners

June 3, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Valley Debate Team Big Winners
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Loudoun Valley High School has won the VHSL state championship in debate in divisions 1A, 2A and 3A.
The state tournament was at Liberty University in April. “We won our conference and regional’s so we had high hopes for solid scores at State but were overwhelmed by our win,” said coach Julie Hildbold.  

The team’s varsity senior captains are Madison Remillard, who came in first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate and will be attending Wellesley this fall, Tavish MacDonald, who competed in Public Forum Debate and will be attending Cornell in the fall and Jake Hitchcock, who will be attending UVA in the fall. … Continue Reading

Comparing Their Lives To Those of Children 200 Years Ago

June 3, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment
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Fabled Oakdale School Program a Western Loudoun History Star

With smiles as big as the hats they wore, last week an enthusiastic group of Lincoln elementary school students stepped back in time.

Walking from their own modest elementary school to the even more modest historic Oakdale School, the children experienced what is called an “1881 school day.”

Each was given the biography of a boy or girl student from the time whose identity they assumed for a two-hour “lesson.” A docent in period dress served the role of their teacher, and they, also in period dresses, hats, pants and shirts entered the old Oakdale School to see exactly what it was like to be educated back in that time, sitting on old wooden benches, flipping through original 1818 text books and taking a turn with hand-made quill and ink pens. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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 …

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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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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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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

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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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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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at 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

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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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

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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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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