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An Easter Swim

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was a little more than I could handle – but remembering doggy dungeon I kept a smile on my face through it all. Maybe I didn’t like it but I could tell Laino and Bernie loved having us all doggied up for the family photos.

It was clear those two ornery barn cat’s Hokie and Mountie were quite jealous, as they did not rank high enough to be included in the family photos. Sammy the Bull and his favorite lady cow, Miss Ashley, could have cared less as they mooed softly together and munched their way across the green pastures towards the creek bed. Upon their arrival they were greeted by old Gnarly Gander and the Goose Gang. … Continue Reading

Murphy’s Birthday Bash

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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Dear Friends

We are getting ready to celebrate my wingman, Murphy’s 1st Birthday here at the farm – on Saturday, March 15

I hope you will come join us. Here is Murphy’s first year as a working farm dog in review.

Happy Birthday big guy – Love Sushi – your brave and mighty Cairn Terrier.

Love,
Sushi

My master, Elaine Boland lives with her husband and five daughters in Purcellville, at Fields of Athenry Farm. She cherishes farm life and the joy of providing her customers with fine fresh meats and products. She can be reached at 703-926-8444 or visit www.fieldsofathenryfarm.com.

Love Is In the Air – Or Not?

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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By Sushi

Now we all know the month of February has a mysterious way of stirring the love in our hearts. The farm is not exempt from February fever so let me tell you how it all went down.

Sammy the bull and the love of his life, Miss Ashley, were in their own field on this clear February day. It was a pleasant change from the cold grey winter we were having. Miss Ashley was lying up against an enormous round hay bale enjoying the sunlight on her gorgeous face. She is an elegant heifer and lady like, even when she’s munching her hay. She was getting close to calving and was resting quite a bit now. Miss Ashley has a reserved and confident demeanor. She is a trusted friend, you will never find a better one and boy can she bat those baby brown eyes and stare into the depths of your very soul. Don’t ever cross her or her family or you will be an enemy for life. She has incredible family values and these characteristics are what Sammy loves so much about her. … Continue Reading

Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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By Sushi

A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

They Are Everywhere – Everywhere –

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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By Sushi

“Be afraid of the Black Wooly Bear’s – winter is here.”

By now you all must be familiar with my new wing man Murphy? He may appear to be one big meat head – but in reality he has a heart of gold, smart as a whip and loyal to a fault.

Murphy has a coat made for this cold winter weather, deep, dense, thick and warm as a true Saint Bernard’s coat should be. In fact, his coat puts a Wooly Bear’s coat to shame.

Have you ever seen a Wooly Bear? Do you even know what a Wooly Bear is? What? You don’t know? Well, I am here to tell you the wooliest of Wooly Bear stories, because it is my bred and born duty to tell you the greatest “Tails” from the barnyard at Fields of Athenry Farm. … Continue Reading

The Great Turkeys of Thanksgiving

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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By Sushi

Friends,

I can’t wait to tell you about this one, seriously crazy, crazy, crazy. Did any of you happen to be out in the forbidden woods around 2:00 a.m. Halloween night? Did you see and experience what I did? I had no choice but to be the brave and mighty Cairn terrier and protector of all things great and small at Fields of Athenry Farm. It would have been a lot better had this new Murphy fellow (the farm’s new seven-month-old Saint Bernard) been a little older and wiser. Really, how much can one be put to the test I ask?

I know, I know; I should put my full faith and trust in old brother moon. But sometimes it is just plain hard to relinquish control and trust with that kind of blind faith I tell you. … Continue Reading

I Can I Can I Can … Here Comes the Power!

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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I am Sushi, the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier, and my life flows with the rhythm of the farm that I bow down to in honor … to serve and defend. No storm can shake my inmost calm, I cling to the belief that this little man can. For you see, there is always some new creation around here to protect. When things get tough the tough get going and that is just what I need to do sometimes.

When it does get tough, I cling to my belief I can, I can, I can, and I can! The sound “I can!” triumphs like music in my ears and echoes in my soul. I trot around the farm as if I own the world. I believe I do. My beautiful farm is a place of magic and wonder. It is ever changing. All things are mine and how do I keep from bursting at the belly with joy and gladness? Fall is here and I feel like springing on hay bales and howling to the moon with complete joy. … Continue Reading

Country Roads Take Me Home…

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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Country Roads take me home … it is the start of another school year and I am happy, sad, and nervous, but also excited for the grand adventures that will take my sweet farm girls into the unknown journeys of a new school year. Knowing these next couple years are nearing the end of many satisfying and simple carefree walks back to home at the end of long school days I must ask: What are these journeys? Why must they be? My girls leaving home – dreading leaving home, yet wanting to leave home, yet the comforts of home, yet not needing home because they want to be grown up – why oh why so many emotions? I the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier must be there for them to nurture and teach the values of leaving one’s home nest! I know – I remember a dark cold night going to some new family – wondering why oh why did I have to enter into the world of some other warm being besides the comfort of my own mother?

Ha, and here I am now fathering more than I am probably wanted, these children of mine – well of Mr. and Mrs. B. but as far as I’m concerned these girls are just as much mine as Mr. and Mrs. B. It is my born and bred duty to protect and defend at all cost these young ladies. So it is with much fatherly attitude I share with you my Cairn Terrier parental concerns as my girls enter a new school year: … Continue Reading

Loyalty. Service. Honor. Integrity.

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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Has anyone noticed that Virginia weather this year has been a little bit more than unusual?

My master, Mrs. B, is completely happy with the cooler than cool 2013 spring and summer we have had, while her daughter, Miss Bernie, would love the hotter than hot typical soggy Virginia summer day. A lot has been a more than unusual on this farm in 2013.

Let me tell you, I have all the inside scoop – and it comes from hours of laying patiently under the farm kitchen table, behind the farm shop counter, or taking a breezy ride around the farm on the Rhino, pretending I am just a dog. Seriously, do you even know where the CIA or the top seals – Navy seals – get the best of the best underground info? What? You don’t know what a Rhino is? You don’t know what a military trained dog is? … Continue Reading

Unconditional Love – Remembering Clover

July 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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My love for our farm is unconditional. If you really know me, you can see it in my eyes and it is always in my heart. I love children when they come to visit us and when the light in a child’s eyes shines, my heart shines. It’s amazing how children can speak right to our hearts, the touch of their hands, and the smiles on their face, the innocence of pure love in their excitement of the day.

In the entire world you’ll never find a place more loving of children than my world at Fields of Athenry Farm. It is a place where children can run and play and just be – children. … Continue Reading

Father of the Year

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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It is I, Sushi, the small but mighty Cairn Terrier. Do you have a Father of the Year?

June is the month we celebrate our Fathers. But, you know “Fathers Day” really is not just one day or one month out of the year. Fathers are a lifetime thing – or should be. My Father use to say to me “I will be your Father until the day I die and beyond that too! So don’t mess up because I will be watching you!” … and boy did he mean it.

You know, today there is a lot expected of a man. We are supposed to be sensitive yet at the same time beat the bezeebers out of anything dangerous that might cross our family. We need to provide a home, hunt and nourish, love and be loved. Sometimes by the time I am done with the nourishing and hunting I just want to go to my den and be left well enough alone. You know – like alright – already! … Continue Reading

… And They All Danced

May 5, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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Sometimes even a Mighty Cairn Terrier farm dog like me needs to take a little break.

Each and every day, start to finish, my concern for all of the farm creatures great and small is the very first and last thought on my mind. Dawn and dusk are the most prevalent times of a day when trouble will start and end one way or another for livestock on a farm.

I must always be alert for these are the hunting hours of our livestock’s most dreaded predators. So, although I choose what I call my “break away” moments carefully … I do take them. Even I need a little sunshine sometimes, you know those moments when you lay on your back, paws up and drift off into the wonders of a billowy-clouded sky? Best times of all, best times, ahhh, just to let the world go away …
I’m going to take one of those moments right now. Trotting down to the Beaverdam Creek as the sun sets, I am headed to get myself lost into the magical serenade of what I call the “vernal pool wilds.” … Continue Reading

Fields of Athenry Farm Lost and Found

April 5, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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As a working farm dog some days are beautifully satisfying and then other days are just weepy heartaches. March is the perfect example of the unexpected time of year I am about to describe; you know – the in-like-a-lion-out-like-a lamb month of March?

For example; it was just early yesterday evening when I dutifully trotted down to the barnyard checking on our new baby lambs one more time before the sun set. The sky spitted ice, winds were billowing up from the Beaver dam Creek and the snow began to fall. Really, I asked? It is almost Easter! But, being the great protector of all things large and small on the farm, I shook off my wiry Cairn Terrier coat and deftly rounded up the lambs and stray ducklings, guiding them into the barn isle and under the brand new warming lamps. Here, in the protection of that barn, the babies would be kept sheltered from the unexpected weather. I was as satisfied as could be, knowing that all of my little vulnerable ones were safe and warm no matter what the night might bring. I trotted home to the big white farmhouse. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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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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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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