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Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony
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– By Carri Michon

The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given every year since 9/11 to a western Loudoun graduating senior, was presented. The 2015 recipient Andrew Lohr, is a graduating senior from Loudoun Valley who will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall. An excellent student, Lohr volunteered for his church and community as well as an umpire for ULLL for a number of years. Lohr threw out the first pitch for the game.

Norris Beavers, the Upper Loudoun Little League president, was then given a special recognition for his many volunteer service to our local youth. At the beginning of the spring Little League season Beavers announced his retirement at the end of the Little League year 2015. Beavers has served the youth of western Loudoun for the past 30 years as both a board member and president of ULLL. He has held the office of president for 15 of those years. A framed MLB Cubs pinstripe jersey with Beavers appliquéd on the back was presented, since he coached the Cubs during the years Beavers’ three boys played baseball. An engraved Louisville Slugger bat was also presented. When asked for his thoughts on the changes he has witnessed along the years, Beavers said, “We have improved our playing fields with many fields having batting cages, bullpens and new fencing and new dugouts.” Of course, lights at Haske Field, are a haul mark of Norris’ tenure in the league. As for the countless hours Beavers has given to our local youth he said, “When I meet someone and they tell me when their sons played Little League baseball many years ago and they had the best time. When I hear that, I know it was worth all the effort.”

Following the ceremonies, the Majors championship was then played between the AL Royals and the NL Pirates. The teams traded runs for most of the contest before Major Schollian jacked a three run homer to take the lead for good in the 5th inning for the Pirates. The final score showed 7-5 Pirates.

WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

May 13, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament
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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 hours of competitive play. We’re excited to celebrate the end of the season with a medal,” stated WLVBC’s Ignite Head Coach Aubrey Blankenship. … Continue Reading

Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start
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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 team without having a “rebuilding year.” Led by Captains Haley Shuford (senior goalie) and Haley Voell (junior defense), the defense has not lost a step this year. Offensively, rising stars Marguerite Keane (junior Midfield), Parrish Alto (junior Midfield), and Claire Ashworth (sophomore Attack) have consistently produced week after week. … Continue Reading

Western Loudoun Volleyball Clubs Wins Silver

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Western Loudoun Volleyball Clubs Wins Silver

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush won the Silver Division at this year’s Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association Regional Tournament in the Club Division.  CHRVA’s Regionals were held Saturday, April 25 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, Md. CHRVA Regionals included a Gold, Silver, Bronze and Four Flights of teams from the regions, with 58 teams competing in ?the tournament.
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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U13 “Intimidators” finished its club season winning the Silver Bracket at the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association’s regional tournament.  CHRVA’s regionals were held Saturday, April 25 at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.  For the U13 program, regionals was split into Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Flight, with 34 teams competing.  WLVBC’s team won the silver bracket, enjoying wins over eight of the top teams in the region, and closing its season with a high note.  WLVBC is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing local athletes from Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville and Leesburg with opportunities to play competitive volleyball within the CHRVA region.
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Little League Opening Day around the Towns

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Little League Opening Day around the Towns
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By Carri Michon 

Spring is here and with it comes the crack of bats, the smell of leather and whoops of delight – it’s baseball season.  Under water colored skies, our local western Loudoun Little League teams recently opened their season having waited all winter for the spring thaw and the chance to play baseball.  … Continue Reading

WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

April 8, 2015 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

Crush Take 2nd Place at MVSA InvitationalWestern Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush garnered second place at the recently held MVSA Invitational which was played Sunday, March 29 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, MD. The team was second on its net, moved to the gold division, and ended up losing in the final match against the host team, MVSA Dynamite. The MVSA Invitational included eight clubs from across the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association. WLVBC Team Crush is made up of players from Western Loudoun, including Purcellville, Hamilton, Leesburg and Round Hill.

Photo: WLVBC U14 Team Crush celebrate its 2nd place medal won at the recently held MVSA Invitational. Team Crush is (back row) Lily Fortunato, Maddy Davis, Mackenzie Ashby, Gabriella Aziz, Suzanne Tunder (front row) Lauren McCloskey, Shelby Koons and Hally Jones. Coaches are Greg Fortunato and Bryan Koons. Not pictured: Amelia Dodson, Emma Szabo, Meghan Miklich

Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions
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The Middleburg Academy boys varsity basketball team (ranked #1) won the VISAA D-III state championship against Christ Chapel (ranked #3) with a score of 66-62. Christ Chapel enjoyed leading much of the game with a determined defense and a fast-paced attack that found Middleburg Academy playing as much as 10 points behind in the third quarter. It was in the final quarter that Middleburg Academy responded to overtake Christ Chapel.

The team’s coach, Jaye Haggler said, “When I walked on to the Middleburg Academy Campus I could have never have imagined this outcome. My goal was to teach the boys how to play this game and in the end I learned how and what it meant to sacrifice everything. I watched my guys grow from boys to men in one season. I could not be more proud and will never be for my first state championship and the young men who helped us achieve this goal.”
 
Middleburg Academy’s Athletic Director Carla Adgate said, “There is not another group that is more deserving of a state championship than the young men on our boys varsity basketball team, Coach Haggler and his coaching staff. They worked extremely hard in the off season and all season long. Things were not going well for them most of the championship game. They trailed Christ Chapel for the entire game, but somehow dug down deep and played together as a team to pull out the victory. I am so proud and happy for all of them.”

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak
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After starting 3-8 they have won 12 of the last 14 including a 4th straight region quarterfinal win against 21-2 Culpeper on Friday February 27.  The Vikings advance for the fourth year in a row to the Region Semi-finals.  

The Vikings mid-season improvement was largely due to the fact that they have started a freshmen point guard, 11 Jalen Williams, and two sophomore guards 2 Nick Ball and 23 Jamir Deree and it took some games against good competition to get them acclimated to varsity basketball and learning to win close games.  Jalen, Nick and Jamir have become a young dominating force for both on offense and in the full court defense.  Jalen leads the team with 45 made three point field goals, while Nick leads in point per game at 11, and Jamir averages 7.5 ppg and 5 rebounds per game.  … Continue Reading

Little League Season Update

August 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Little League Season Update
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By Carri Michon

This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper Loudoun Little League!” After countless hours of work to complete all the games, by the end of June, the seasons were done ending with the yearly tournaments for ULLL. Played under the lights at Haske Field in Purcellville, the championship games are full of energy and draw large crowds to cheer on the young players. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

July 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28
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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014.

The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier flag league in Northern Virginia with dedicated Bermuda grass game fields, top notch officiating and “real” NFL jerseys. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of six regular season games plus playoffs. Teams practice twice a week per week during the preseason and once per week once games have begun. … Continue Reading

Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

June 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the same stadium. Woodgrove scored first after winning the opening draw and held that lead until about halfway into the first half with their ball control offense and aggressive defense. However, the Wolverines had no answer for Valley senior and district player of the year Corley Simons as her third goal of the night gave the Vikings a 5-4 lead while she controlled nearly every draw in the first half. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Lady Laxers off to Blistering Start

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Lady Laxers off to Blistering Start
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Lacrosse Team is on fire this year. With recent wins over powerhouses Broad Run and Battlefield, the team is off to a 7-1 start with the sole loss being to last year’s state runner up and 6A stalwart, Langley HS. Led by seniors Corley Simons, Ashlyn DiLoreto, and Courtney Schollian, the Lady Vikings are in the hunt for a state title this time around after bowing out in the semifinals last June. With the Loudoun Valley construction project in full swing and multiple injuries to key starters, it has been a tough road this year, but Coaches Tracey Albro and Amy Rollins have their girls in fine form for what should be their best season. … Continue Reading

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

April 9, 2014 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Nominate Your Hometown Hero
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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Brandon Park

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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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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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

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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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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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

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

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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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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