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Love Is In the Air – Or Not?

February 5, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Love Is In the Air – Or Not?
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on They Are Everywhere – Everywhere –
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on The Great Turkeys of Thanksgiving
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on I Can I Can I Can … Here Comes the Power!
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Country Roads Take Me Home…
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Loyalty. Service. Honor. Integrity.
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Unconditional Love – Remembering Clover
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Father of the Year
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on … And They All Danced
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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 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Fields of Athenry Farm Lost and Found
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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

Taming the Leprechaun in Me

March 9, 2013 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Taming the Leprechaun in Me
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Hi there, it’s me, the Mighty Cairn Terrier Sushi. We’re coming on early spring here at Fields of Athenry Farm. Baby lambs are bouncing around in the sun, doing happily frivolous things. But, that’s not where my head is right now, certainly not feeling frivolous, more like down in the dumps and unloved.

You see, one of the “other” farm dogs, that stage-stealing bullmastiff Clover, is down at the barn primping and preening herself – quite frankly, I think she is acting more like a duck! – All in preparation for her upcoming birthday. She was born on Saint Patrick’s Day, one of my master Mrs. B’s favorite holidays of the year, and, a really big birthday bash is being planned for her here at the farm.

I mean, really? The dog isn’t even Irish! She’s English for goodness sake and for weeks on end it’s been Clover this and Clover that. The dog can do no wrong. It is so annoying. And, that’s when it hits me. Sushi, I say to myself, you’re of Irish descent, you know … and Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up … and since you are in a rather mischievous mood … why not morph yourself into a silly little leprechaun and play some kind of practical birthday joke on Clover?

I am giddy at the thought of a good practical joke on her queenship! It must be something fun. Ahhhhhh, I got it, me as a leprechaun, doing something very mischievous to the queen bee. Fun, fun, fun. (And, it’s just a joke, after all … right?)

And, so, I scheme. I scheme in my small but very inventive Cairn Terrier head and come upon a decidedly Irish idea – perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. I decide to dye one of those cute little lambs green, and blame it on Clover. It’s such a brilliant idea my mood is almost instantly elevated and so I set out for the house and that special basket Mr. B keeps all of those big chalk crayons – the perfect weapon of choice as when they get wet and gooey, mixed with a little green Easter egg coloring, they will paint a little lamb green as green can be! My plan is just divine! Everyone knows it is Clover who watches over the lambs. I can hardly stand my brilliance. Her glorified days are over!

Gnarly Gander, our stately farm goose, intercepts me on the way to the house. “Sushi, you look funny, like you might be down, but at the same time, you might be up to something? “Are you all right?” Gnarly says with a touch of concern. Gnarly’ s compassion touched me, but I was still in my part angry part mischievous mood and so I said “Go away Gnarly Gander, I don’t feel like talking to you or anybody else!” “Sushi; what’s wrong little man?” Gnarly asked. “I’ll tell you what’s wrong!” I snapped. “Everything is all about Clover. No one notices me anymore. I feel invisible. Mrs. B is dotting on that Irish imposter and Clover is down at the barn primping and preening and I just can’t stand it!” “Awe, Sushi,” said Gnarly, “You know Mrs. B and everyone loves you; but more than that, Clover is crazy about you! Just the other day Clover lay with me in the warm sun and reminisced how wonderful it was doing guard duty with you for the entire farm. She rolled on her back, carrying on about that time you alerted her to the hawk aiming to steal Lady Miss Gracious for his chicken dinner. She went on story after story about how grand you two work together – you, fast on those four little legs, and she with the brawn. What a perfect team you are together. It was so much togetherness Sushi about you two; I had to duck my head into Quackery Pond.

Well, that did it. I looked at Gnarly Gander, a glint of tear in my eye and said, “You know, when one of us is down, here on the farm, another one of us always knows how to lift us up, remind us we are part of a plan, part of a family. Thanks, Gnarly, for reminding me of that. It’s not about one of us, it’s about all of us. I think I’ll go back to the barn and surprise Clover. We have some birthday party planning to do!”

– All my love, Sushi.

What is Your Favorite 2013 Word?

January 11, 2013 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on What is Your Favorite 2013 Word?
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Greeting from me, the Mighty Carin Terrier Sushi. Wasn’t 2012 a lovely year? Full of trials and tribulations for sure … but lovely none-the less.

In a slight break from tradition, as we embrace the New Year, the farm furry, proud – and sometimes boisterous – gang decided to share their favorite words with you – words that will guide them to greatness and all things good in 2013.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD? Do you have one? If so, e-mail me at my master’s address, Elaine@FieldsofAthenryFarm.com. With utmost respect, LOVE and admiration for your character, I will make a story out of those words for our February Tails From The Barnyard column, dedicated to all of my favorite Valentines – YOU!

Now, the words that will guide us to greatness and all things good in 2013 are …
From me, Sushi, the Brave and Mighty Cair Terrier: “Obedient”
– Clover The Bullmastiff: “Loyalty”
– Nellie the Border Collie: “Patience”
– Tiki & Puka, the farm Chihuhauas : “Joyful”
– Hokie and Mountie, the barn cats: “Respect” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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