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Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

October 2, 2013 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 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 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 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 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

Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year

June 7, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year
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Lesley Nolasco was honored for being an exceptionally hard worker and for her, respectful and collaborative attitude. Her academic strengths are reading and writing. As a Safety Patrol, she is known for politely reminding parents to walk in the crosswalk and students to walk, not run. Her Principal describes her as a “quiet leader that cares about the students and staff at her school.”

Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients

June 4, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients


The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club announced their 2013 Athletic Scholarship recipients.  The $1,000 scholarships are entirely funded by the annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament which brought in over $10,000 in profits this year.

Applications were scored on athletic accomplishments, GPA, leadership. community service, employment, honors and awards, and an essay.  This year’s extremely talented and deserving Athletic Scholarship recipients are:  Kevin Barr, Michael Lokie, Peter Volpone, Sam Weber, Olivia Becker, Maggie Buxton, Keira Hornyak, and Alexandra Juzbasich.  Also, Alexandra Guendert was awarded the Woodgrove Spirit and Leadership Scholarship, also valued at $1,000, for her display of Wolverine spirit and leadership throughout the community. 

Woodgrove High School Appears Again On It’s Academic

May 3, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Appears Again On It’s Academic
From left to right are team members Keegan Ottoson, Christopher Miller, and Evan Smith, all seniors. On the right is It’s Academic host, Hillary Howard.

Woodgrove High School appeared in the first playoff round on It’s Academic on Saturday, April 20. Woodgrove won again and by a wide margin.

At the beginning of the season 81 teams were chosen to compete. The numbers were narrowed down to 27 teams after the first round and then again to nine teams after the first playoff games. Woodgrove is one of nine teams remaining, and will compete in the semi-final round later in April. Their opponents in this second round were other first round winners: Osbourn High School from Manassas and St. Albans School from Washington, DC.

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Woodgrove High School To Appear On It’s Academic – April 20

April 11, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School To Appear On It’s Academic – April 20
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Woodgrove High School appears in the first playoff round on It’s Academic on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:30 am on NBC-Channel 4.

In the photo attached from left to right are team members Keegan Ottoson, Christopher Miller, and Evan Smith, all seniors. On the right is It’s Academic host, Hillary Howard.

Woodgrove’s opponents in this second round were other first round winners: Osbourn High School from Manassas and St. Albans School from Washington, DC.

Woodgrove’s Academic Team is coached by Louise Spicer, Robert Kane, and John Lanham.

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Jazz Dinner at Loudoun Valley High School – April 26

April 5, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Jazz Dinner at Loudoun Valley High School – April 26
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The Loudoun Valley Music Parents Association is sponsoring a Jazz Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction on Friday, April 26 at Loudoun Valley High School from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Come to enjoy a night of great live music by the Orchestra, Chorus and Viking Jazz Band, as you feast on terrific food from BOODACADES!

And then set your sights to win fantastic silent auction items such as tickets to movies, passes to Wolf Trap, a piano, gift baskets and gift certificates from many local merchants, car detailing, passes to Hershey Park and Massanutten Water Park, signed sports gear from the Redskins, Ravens, and Orioles (just to name a few).

All proceeds go to benefit the LVHS Music Parents Association, which supports all music programs and music students at LVHS with equipment, uniforms, and scholarships.

Tickets are $12 and are available NOW online at http://lcps.org/Page/83048 or from an LVHS music student in your neighborhood. For more information, e-mail lvhsmpafundraisers@gmail.com

Don’t miss a great evening of entertainment and community!

Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary

March 6, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary
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Every year, Culbert Elementary celebrates reading in a big way. The students began the Read Across America Week with a fabulous assembly and a reading challenge. Many community members visited Kenneth Culbert, participated in the assembly and read to students after the assembly. The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Basketball Team helped open the assembly, and School Board Vice Chairwoman Jill Turgeon lead in reading the oath. The challenge this year is for students to read a total of 100 minutes during the week. If they meet that goal, a check to the American Cancer Society will be written for $510 ($1 for each student) on behalf of Culbert Elementary. This year, Read Across America challenge is linked directly to the Mini Relay for Life which will begin on that Friday, March 8, at Culbert Elementary right after school.

The Read Across America Event was very successful and full of lots of smiling faces.

A Moment of Silence

February 6, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on A Moment of Silence
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By Mary Rose Lunde

For the first and very likely only time in the entire day, most of the school is completely quiet. There is no sound of pencils scratching the paper or feet tapping the ground. Observing the halls, there is no movement there either. The few students that have lagged behind the bell are motionless, watched by teachers. Then a voice sounds over the PA system and the minute of silence is complete.

If a person wandered into a class just before the morning announcements came on, he or she would find mass chaos. Teachers often struggle to quiet their classes before the announcements in order to hear. The moment of silence is, however, respected by most students. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Holds Annual Fundraiser

February 4, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Holds Annual Fundraiser
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GOT MULCH????? We Do!!!!! The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club will be holding their annual fundraiser to raise funds for ALL Woodgrove sports teams. High quality double shredded hardwood mulch will be sold for $4.50/bag and $4/bag for orders of 40 bags or more. Free delivery will be offered within a radius of 10 miles from Woodgrove High School. The WWABC is taking orders online, through their website now and will continue to do so until the ordering deadline of March 9. The mulch pick-up and delivery date will be Saturday, March 16 at Woodgrove High School from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit www.gotmulch.org for all the details!!!!!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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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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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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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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