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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

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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