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Blue Ridge Leader News – March 11, 2012

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Unthinkable

As unbelievable as it seems, they say she killed her baby girl. The local Sheriff’s Office charged a Sterling woman with murder this past week- in a seven-year-old case involving the death of the suspect’s 20-month-old daughter.

Vanesa Patricio-Cruz was 23 years old at the time of the crime; recent investigations revealed that her little girl- Jocelin Gutierrez- died from blunt force trauma.
I know that sounds very nondescript, but a general definition of the term can include broken bones, internal bleeding and or rupturing of the internal organs- from an impact similar to hitting a steering wheel in a high-speed car wreck. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, March 4, 2012

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One Degree of Separation

I’m pretty sure that you don’t personally know the latest missing teen making the news in Loudoun County, but you just might know someone who does; 16-year-old Mauricio Escobar left his Ashburn home on Dodge Terrace on the 23rd of last month- on his own accord. The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe he’s with friends; let’s hope so. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – February 19, 2012

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Police Brutality- or Deputy Battering?

It’s inconclusive- at best; I’m referring to the YouTube clip of a former Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy taking down a suspect- which is now used as argument for a lawsuit from the arrested party. Carlos Garcia of Sterling is claiming brain injury, caused by the actions of Terry Daniel, from the November 2009 incident at a local shopping plaza; he also pled guilty to simple battery in the melee that led up to his apprehension that night.

The suit describes the former Deputy striking the suspect in the back of the head- while he stood with his hands in the air; the video confirms as much- but we have no perspective of the events leading up to the man’s take-down and arrest. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, February 12, 2012

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A Comedy- turned Tragic

It’s just not funny anymore; ever since a young Southwest Airlines employee died from injuries in an accident involving one of those big, clumsy ‘mobile lounges’ at Dulles Airport, the subject of those antiquated hulks has lost its humor- at least for me. Jared Patrick Dodson was 25 years old, lived in Paeonian Springs, and worked at the nearby International hub to support his family; he died on January 27 at an area hospital, after his luggage cart was struck the prior morning. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – February 5, 2012

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Good for You, Son!

Hats off to the kid from Ashburn who did the right thing- this past week- when a stranger invited him into his vehicle. Word from the Sheriff has it that a couple of men in a white pickup pulled up to a home in the Ashburn Farm area on Wednesday afternoon- and asked an eight-year-old boy to hop into their truck. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 22, 2012

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… in a Ringer

I can think of plenty of metaphors which describe having various parts of one’s body clamped into some sort of device, but none I can- with clean moral conscience- print here; they do, however, describe very graphically the situation which a former air traffic controller from Potomac Falls finds himself in, after decision by a federal jury. Former air traffic controller Raymond Elmo Deskins III heard the decision earlier this month on the case involving his acceptance of worker compensation benefits- while employed. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Martin’s March

Lest we all forget the reason that many of us can sleep in tomorrow morning, here’s a reminder of local observances for Martin Luther King Junior Day. Activities in Loudoun County start with an assembly at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Courthouse Square in Leesburg, followed by a march to the Douglass Community Center- with organized programs starting at noon.

Observances take sponsorship by cooperative efforts by the Douglass Alumni Association, Loudoun NAACP, the Bluemont Concert Series and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Liquor-fied Lessons

Well, some middle-schoolers down in Southeast Loudoun could be in hot water, after- evidently- having a liquid breakfast the other morning before classes. Authorities at J Michael Lunsford removed the six students after a quick medical exam indicated they’d imbibed a quantity of alcohol; this came after one of the youngsters complained of sickness- no doubt caused by their shenanigans.

The students probably weren’t laughing when the Sheriff’s School Resource Officer got called in, and then Administrators notified the kids’ parents. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Not Running for Office

I wonder what it was he did that made him run in the first place; authorities apprehended the wanted suspect spotted on Friday in the Town of Hamilton. Joseph Regan was arrested in Purcellville after a day-long manhunt for the 24-year-old.

The Sheriff’s Office had announced an alert for the man on Friday morning- after he’d fled on foot from Deputies responding to the area along West Colonial Highway. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Older, if not Wiser

He just may double his age behind bars, and that’s probably all right with everyone close to this case; child sex abuse defendant- Brad Minor- pled ‘no contest’ this past week in connection to charges involving two four-year-old students at a local child care center. He faces up to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery and custodial indecent liberties with children; Minor worked as an assistant at Chesterbrook Academy in Leesburg up until the time of his arrest this past July.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office reported sufficient forensic evidence to put the defendant away for quite a spell; Minor comes in for sentencing in March of 2012. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Hello, Goodbye

Out with the Old, in with the New; I didn’t coin the phrase, and I certainly question the sentiment in this case. It seemed, no sooner had the departing Supervisors issued their mixed-emotion farewells, than the incoming slate celebrated their swearing-ins with renewed commitment to carry the banners. The County Board’s first meeting for 2012 is on the Second day of the New Year, and the local panel- now All Republican- includes some new faces: Geary Higgins for Catoctin, Janet Clarke for Blue Ridge, Ken Reid for Leesburg, Ralph Buona for Ashburn, Shawn Williams for Broad Run, Matt Letourneau for Dulles, and Suzanne Volpe for Algonkian.
Chairman Scott York and Sterling Representative Eugene Delgaudio return, after their Incumbent wins in November. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 4, 2011

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“As I say, not as I do”

And I’ll bet that he felt that she deserved it, at the time, too; most perpetrators of physical (or otherwise) abuse claim that their victims had it coming. The Unionville man (66 year old Matthew B. Parker) charged with attempted murder reportedly stabbed his estranged wife this past week, at her home along John Mosby Highway in Aldie.

The crime occurred on Friday morning; medical personnel at Inova Fairfax Hospital administered to the victim’s life-threatening injuries after first responders airlifted her from the scene.

Parker remained at the Adult Detention Center, held without bond- charged with attempted first degree murder. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – Paxson Road

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A narrow corkscrew of a gravel road, closely lined by trees, opening up into Loudoun’s own Big Sky Country: I guess that’s the way I always think of Paxson Road. When I’m not driving it, that is; behind the wheel of a very ungainly delivery truck- say on a waning afternoon in late December when the lane’s ice-covered – I try to think of nothing at all – except staying between the ditches, that is. But, for the sunny Sunday afternoon traveler at most times of the year, Paxson’s a very inviting – if not intoxicating little road- running for a half-dozen miles or so – from Snickersville Turnpike in the west to the end of State maintenance in the east – a short way’s past Silcott Springs Road. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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

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

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

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

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

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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

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

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

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

Free Gardening Lecture

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

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

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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