The History Club USO Dance

November 29, 2009 by Lauren Pichon News, Our Towns, Schools Be the first to comment
Photo courtesy of Kate Babcock.

Photo courtesy of Kate Babcock.

Each year, the Loudoun Valley History Club sends people flying through the air as they prepare for their annual USO Swing Dance, a dance set in the 1940′s to lift spirits before going off to war. “History clubbers” are taught East Coast Swing, a type of swing … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 29, 2009

Budget- with giblets and gravy- a matter of thankfulness

Y’know, speakin’ of being grateful, folks in the County Seat can thank their lucky stars on one thing: as the county gets ready to go through its annual knock-down, drag-out budget rodeo during the appropriately hellish winter months, the powers-that-be in Leesburg … Continue Reading

Black Friday: Boom or Bust for Teens?

November 24, 2009 by Lauren Pichon News Be the first to comment

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, so is the day after: Black Friday — the one day when most Americans rush to the mall to find the hottest bargains.  As the economy continues to struggle with recession, retailers are stepping up their marketing techniques in hopes of making a steady profit; for many stores this includes … Continue Reading

Lending a Helping Hand

November 24, 2009 by Michael Carter Loudoun County Be the first to comment
Volunteer, Mackenzie Grimard, Mr. Philip Ward, Zach Gingras, Robin Dezagottis, Sam Beglau, Robert Carter, Michael Carter, Hana Thurman back: Mr. Scott Grimard, Mrs. Renee Hancher. (Courtesy of Janice Rees)

Volunteer, Mackenzie Grimard, Philip Ward, Zach Gingras, Robin Dezagottis, Sam Beglau, Robert Carter, Michael Carter, Hana Thurman. Back: Scott Grimard, Mrs. Renee Hancher. (Courtesy of Janice Rees)

On Saturday, November 21, 36 teenagers gathered at the St. Francis De Sales parking lot, before heading out to the surrounding community to rake leaves. These young Sunday school students, primarily eighth graders, were building up volunteer hours in order to make their confirmation, allowing them to be acknowledged as adults in the Catholic Church. The houses that were visited belonged to some of St. Francis’s senior parishioners, who would otherwise be left to tend to their yards alone. For some this would involve hours of work. The teenage volunteers, who were joined by ten adults, worked from one until five in the afternoon and were able to rake ten houses before leaving.

This is just one of many volunteer programs offered by St. Francis for those working towards confirmation, or who just want to lend a helping hand in the community. One of their biggest community service events takes place at the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock. There the volunteers prepare the fields and, in harvesting season, collect the produce from the farm, including potatoes, Lima beans, and peppers. The entire yield is sent towards local food banks. In December, the church will bring volunteers to Arlington Cemetery to lay Christmas reefs on the graves, one of the last volunteer opportunities for the year, honoring the deceased during the holiday season.

The volunteer events are organized by Janice Rees, the church’s coordinator of religious education, who has created many opportunities for the students to get their volunteer hours. While the events are church organized, they are not solely to benefit parishioners. In one community service event the volunteers bag lunches for poor families in Loudoun.

Though the church organized events make volunteer opportunities easier to find for some teenagers, there are still many secular service chances available to those who want to help support the community. The Blue Ridge Hospice and ReStore are two businesses in Purcellville that are always open to volunteer support and “Volunteer Loudoun” provides information about any local opportunities to volunteer.

Volunteering is a positive way to make an impact in the community and has personal benefits as well, including vast improvement to a college application for high school students. It is a great way to stay involved while helping out those in need.

Michael Carter is a student in his Junior year at Loudoun Valley High School and can be reached at msccarter@hotmail.com for any comments or questions.  Opinions are the sole responsibility of the author. Michael writes for his school newspaper “The Viking” and has also worked on “The Governor”, a summer news project. He is on his school’s cross country team and is active in his school’s student council.

Stop Sign Removal S. 32nd Street at Nursery Avenue

November 24, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Be the first to comment

As determined by the Town Council Infrastructure Committee Meeting on September 28, the stop signs for the northbound and southbound lanes of S. 32nd Street (690 S), at the intersection with Nursery Avenue, will be removed by the Town Maintenance Department. The new traffic pattern will be effective beginning November 30, 2009. Motorists should watch for signage along Nursery Avenue prior to the intersection warning of the new traffic pattern.

The speed limit along S. 32nd Street (690S) will remain 25 mph. The radar sign that currently warns motorists that they are exceeding the speed limit will be relocated.

Since We’re All Here: Short, Painless Family Traditions

November 22, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Be the first to comment
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Meredith Bean McMath

November 21, 2009

Holidays tend to come and go in a whirlwind. As they fly by at 80 mph, we hear phrases such as “Don’t forget the meaning of the—,” “Make special family time for—,” “Holiday traditions can—.” And most of us contemplate these phrases and give serious time to consider their full meaning and import… right around the time we’re wrapping up leftovers.

But holidays are a rare window of opportunity: holiday feasts are the one time we can usually count on most of the family in one place and in a festive mood. This is our chance! I have some great traditions you might want to add to the table. I promise they don’t take much time and the benefits could last for years.

BEFORE THE MEAL: Go around the table and asking everyone what they’re thankful for. In a rough economy, it’s never a bad thing to remind ourselves of how much we’ve been blessed, and psychologists tell us the exercise is very, very good for us (check out this article from Psychology Today).

Prepare yourself: someone at the table will answer seriously, another will toss off a joke. Who cares? There are no right answers here.

AFTER THE MEAL: Play a parlor game. What… you don’t think your great-grandparents knew how to have fun?

Try one of these on – one size fits all ages!

a. The Neighbor’s Cat – Go around the table and have each person describe the cat with an adverb from each letter of the alphabet, i.e., Aunt Edna starts with “The minister’s cat is an ANGRY cat,” and Jimmy, Jr. says, “the Minister’s cat is a BALD cat.” Now, if the crowd doesn’t like Neighbor’s Cat, try Neighbor’s Dog or Horse, and if someone states a word that does not begin with the correct letter or claims they’re stumped, they have to pay a forfeit.

FORFEIT: This is the fun part. A forfeit is any completely foolish task — like having to sing Happy Birthday to yourself with your nose pinched shut, or having to ask three people a question to which you can only answer “yes” or “no,” but you have to give the answer before they ask the question. Sky’s the limit here.

b. “If You Love Me, Honey, Smile” — Someone at the table is designated “It.” They have to ask anyone at the table “If you love me Honey, smile.” The person must reply, “I love you honey, but I just can’t smile” – but the rule is they can’t smile as they answer. “It” goes around until someone at the table cracks a smile. When they crack, they have to pay a forfeit.

c. 21 Questions — “It” thinks of a famous person or character. The players have 21 questions in which to find out who they are. “Are you alive?” “Are you female?” etc. If no one guesses, “It” gets to choose a forfeit and make the whole table pay it or the victim of their choice.

d. Endless Story – A “Master Time-keeper” is designated to hold a bell. Someone begins a story — any story with any characters — and they tell the tale for one minute, after which the Master Time-keeper rings the bell. The next person in the circle must immediately continue the story, even if it stopped in the middle of a sentence. Game continues until they come full circle. The person who began the tale will now have exactly one minute to come up with a successful ending which includes all the pieces of the story that have been described by all the various players. If he/she cannot wrap things up in one minute (or if the Master Time-keeper decides the summary was inadequate), they pay a forfeit to be determined by The Master Time-keeper.

So, how easy are these, right?

They’re all simple to incorporate and always worth the trouble. For more parlor games and forfeits, visit “Inquire Within” a webpage I created to produce Victorian Balls for living history programs. Every game in there has been tried and loved, believe me.

So give these (and others) a try. At the very most, you’ll wind up with some great new traditions. At the very least, you’ll have some great memories to laugh over as you wrap up those leftovers.

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 22, 2009

Fatal Turn

A Middleburg man may face charges after a fatal car crash this week on Route 50. The impact killed a Centreville man- 69 year old Syan Trilochan-Singh.

Authoroties say Albers turned out of a private driveway and into the oncoming lane of the roadway; he and some juvenile passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the crash.

Medical Personnel transported Trilochan-Singh to Inova Loudoun Medical Center in Leesburg, where he later … Continue Reading

Update: Sidewalk to Nowhere

November 22, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Be the first to comment

At the November 19 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, in The Purcellville Room, the zoning commissioners voted unanimously to grant a variance to Warren and Carmen Howell. The Howells will not have to put in a sidewalk on their 8.5 rural acre property. A motion was made to require the Howells to show the right of way and reservation, for a sidewalk, on the subdivision plat. This will leave the area free just in case the area is ever developed.

The Howell’s property is on Allder School Road and plan to subdivide their property to build a retirement green-technology house . According to the county ordinance the Howells were required to put in a sidewalk along their property. Allder School Road is unpaved and the sidewalk would have been a 437-foot sidewalk on a gravel road, with no other sidewalks on the country road. Not even Mountain View Elementary School, further up the road, has a sidewalk on the side of their entrance. The 17 speakers who came to the meeting to voice their support for the Howell’s position, resoundingly echoed to use common sense and not force the Howells to put in an isolated sidewalk that is better suited to an urban development.

This marks an end to a year long time consuming and costly process.
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George Mason Winter Baseball Camps

November 21, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Uncategorized Be the first to comment

Youth Infield Camp (Ages 7-13)
Thursday, December 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
This camp offers three hours of extensive infield and hitting instruction run by Mason Infield and Hitting Coach Kyle Werman. Coach Werman will cover the building blocks that make up a great infielder, including drills to improve your game both in the field and at the plate.

Youth Pitching Camp (Ages 7-13)
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
This camp offers three hours of extensive pitching and hitting instruction run by Mason Pitching Coach Steve Hay. Coach Hay will cover pitching mechanics, grips, mental approach, as well as arm care and conditioning.

Fundamentals Camp (Ages 7-13)
Three sessions to choose from:
Tuesdays 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, and 1/12 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. or 8:00- 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, and 1/13 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. or 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Each 1 ½-hour session will be split between hitting and defensive instruction. The hitting instruction will focus on building a fundamentally sound swing from the ground up. Defensive instruction will include proper throwing mechanics and position-specific techniques and drillwork.

Infield and Catching Bootcamp (Grades 7-12)
Four Wednesdays: Jan. 20 – Feb. 10
Infield Bootcamp – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Catching Bootcamp – 7:30-9:00 p.m.
This four-week defensive skills camp is run by Mason Coach Kyle Werman. Instruction is comprehensive and hands-on to ensure each player gets individualized attention to improve their game heading into the Spring season and beyond. Enrollment is limited to ensure a 4-1 player/coach ratio.

Hitting Camp (Ages 7-18)
Four Sundays: Jan. 24 – Feb. 14, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
This four-week hitting camp is designed to provide players the opportunity to receive quality hitting instruction and get plenty of swings in the weeks leading up to Spring tryouts.

Bill Brown Winter Camp (Grades 7-12)
Six Sundays, Jan. 3 – Feb. 14 (No Camp on Jan. 10)
Session I: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Session II: 10:00a.m. – Noon
This six-week instructional camp is entering its 3rd decade and has been widely regarded as one of the top winter camps in the area. Held in our spacious Mason Fieldhouse and led by the entire Mason coaching staff, current players, and other top local instructors, this camp is a great way for players to improve their skills heading into high school tryouts and the spring season.

Click here to learn more about winter camps.

Our Trip to Market Salamander

Chef Todd guided us through a delightful sidewalk cafe market experience- all under the roof of a carefully crafted design- including a perpetual blue sky painted overhead (actually, a perfectly partly cloudy). We started at the ‘front’ of the shop- surrounded by an array of coffees ‘n other drink specialties- and some very tempting (and obviously homemade) cookies ‘n such. We proceeded to the kitchen area- offering sumptuous crab cakes, fresh-cooked greens and the piece de resistance- macaroni ‘n cheese- done in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson- surrounded by an aroma of a home-cooked pork dish. Turning around, we couldn’t help but notice the display of desserts- really more like little, individual, artistic creations for the (now slightly glazed) eye ‘n (now more than watering) palate. Mental notes were made to return at a later moment. Rounding the corner, we felt the jaws drop as our gaze met the assortment of cheeses ‘n sausages- each obviously picked for its individual characteristics of aroma, texture, and of utmost importance, taste. The final leg of the first floor consisted of yet one more stop: another row of shelves lined with countless goodies for home, office, party or any other suitable destination; crackers, condiments, sweet treats, international (and local) beers, cooking kits ‘n other items called to be included in one’s shopping basket- or perhaps a gift assortment for friend/family.

Now visually ‘n olfactorially satiated, we were invited upstairs to complete the journey; our ascent was rewarded with an impressive array of wines- literally from around the world- placed in a quiet, more private, loft setting (yet still offering window glimpses of the goings-on below).

The staff at Market Salamander carefully select each bottle- whatever the variety- to perfectly please the customer ‘n those at their table. Even this wine novice felt a touch of confidence in perusing the shelves (the customer doesn’t need to be the expert, because the Market folks are). We left the establishment in a rapture of sights, smells, friendly sounds- and promises of a return visit at the earliest opportunity!!!!

Enjoy a video tour of Market Salamander and an interview with Cheff Todd

Enjoy a photo tour of Market Salamander

The Stop at Goodstone

Our trip to the Goodstone Inn near Middleburg was an exercise in hospitality. After a complete tour of the grounds (they have something like 260 acres), which included a short conversation with Oliver the Pig (a local rescue animal) and several views which were nothing less than stunning, our attention was drawn to the efforts around the kitchen. The layout for the Goodstone’s basically a lavishly refurbished historic estate- with guest rooms in what once were horse paddocks, cottages and even the Pre-World War II Manor House. The dining accommodations enjoy space in a more modern addition- built seamlessly into the existing ‘horse barn’ structures- with views opening out on the woodsy slope down to a tributary of Goose Creek and the corresponding opposite rise.

We were treated to a brief description (and demonstration!) of our meal by none other than Chef William- in the inner sanctum of his creative domain. What a treat to watch and listen as he prepared our first course- a bouchee of Main Lobster- freshly extracted pieces (too tender to be called chunks) of the crustacean, swimming in a heavenly concoction which included brandy ‘n cream- lovingly served in individual, hand-made puff pastry ‘bowls.’ The first taste demonstrated the importance of William’s precise judgment in balancing the brandy, cream and other delicate flavors (to emerge, but not overpower, the star status of the lobster). Seafood can often be chewy- if not downright tough- or, cooked into disintegration; Chef William proudly serves his lobster in a texture best described as velvety. I’ve never enjoyed the meat of this creature more. We must also pay homage to the future saint who prepared the home-made puff pastry- the perfect vehicle for a creamy seafood dish. And this was just the warm-up. I’m normally a very light eater during the noon hour, but I made an all-out exception for the Chef’s entrée’: Harris Ranch Filet Mignon. This seemed to be an example of taking an exceptional ingredient (beef from Harris Ranch) and, while teasing and accenting and enticing the flavor- certainly not getting in the way of a good thing. The meat was magnificent: butter-knife tender, juicy, cooked to that perfect stage of doneness, and flavored with the natural goodness of the ‘open range.’ Chef William’s impressive truffle sauce made an appropriate accompaniment- possessing the strength to go the distance with the filet, but never attempting to take the crown from the king of the plate. The Chef’s freshly made Bearnaise provided an alluring richness to the last few pieces of our beef; the meat certainly needed no extra ‘sauce’ or ‘jazzing-up,’ but the golden cloyishness made for a wonderful supporting close to an astonishingly delightful meal.

We should say a word about the menu prices: sure, it’ll set you back a bit more than a trip to the Golden Arches, but you’ll get an experience to remember for a lifetime. Chef William and Justin Hunsaker (the Estate’s Food and Beverage Manager) will see to it. Tell ‘em you heard about it from Tim Jon and The Blue Ridge Leader.

Enjoy a video tour of Goodstone Inn and their wine cellar
Enjoy a photo tour of Goodstone Inn

Questioning Sustainability

November 18, 2009 by Letter to the Editor Dear Editor Be the first to comment

Tony Noerpel’s reality is not mine.  He promotes the nihilistic environmental ideology fostered by:  sustainability. The premise of sustainability is that humans have exceeded the ecological  (or threshold) of the earth.  The threshold is determined by, of course, environmentalists, who profit handsomely from the exploding “being green” (sustainability) movement.  The problem is the opinion that we are using too many natural resources is just that, an opinion.

Even environmentalists have since trashed the pseudo-science of the influential Club of Rome’s 1972 book, Limits to Growth – A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind. Nevertheless, environmentalists agreed growth was bad and would work to fulfill the book’s mission “to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability that is sustainable far into the future. “  They would save the planet from us.

Of course, how does one go about convincing the world that the earth is not ours to use.  United Nations provided a platform for countless meetings by a consortium of over 450 governmental and non-governmental organizations.  They came up with Agenda 21, the action plan to implement sustainable development worldwide, approved at the U.N.’s Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Every aspect of our use of the environment would be scrutinized.  Women, children and youth, indigenous people, trade unions, business, farmers, heads of state, etc. would become involved. Richer nations would shed their profligate ways while poorer nations would receive wealth and technology transfers from the repentant.

Herman E. Daly even wrote a book describing sustainability in economic terms.  Government would decide the scope of the market—how much the world could produce to be below the sustainability threshold.  Knowing that production would be less than the masses would want, government would make an equitable distribution of what is produced.  The mantra of this movement became “a just, equitable and sustainable future.”  The rich would be poorer; the poorer, richer.

Now if you believe that such an outcome is obtainable, there is nothing I can write to convince you otherwise.

After years of studying this movement, I conclude that I am not willing to give up my economic system, my freedoms, my constitution, my beliefs for a U.N. chimera.  Some ideas on resource use may make sense, but I have found that environmentalists are never satisfied.  They have indoctrinated our children to hate their houses that use the land and capitalism that pays the bills.  It is pure hubris that we can “manage” the world’s climate whose only guarantee is that it will change.   This is my reality (and that of many of my friends and scholars I have read).

(The Club of Rome is now a partner of the United Nations.)

Rose Ellen Ray
Leesburg

Purcellville’s Debt Load

November 18, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Below you will find a graph of the per capita debt load for the Town of Purcellville. The debt load is compared to Loudoun County and the Federal Government.  Loudoun is drastically cutting their capital plans, but Purcellville is going ahead with theirs.   … Continue Reading

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The Gravity of Gravity

6 Aug 2014

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“Irrational is a strong word, which connotes impulsivity, emotionality, and a stubborn resistance to reasonable argument.” Daniel Kahneman [1] “Plot idea: 97 percent of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Concern Over E-cigarettes

3 Jul 2014

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I was very upset to find an e-cigarette in my son’s room the other day. At first I didn’t even know what it was but then figured it out. My son is 17, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Shreve Mill Road

6 Aug 2014

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It’s quintessential Loudoun County in transition: In less than two miles, this sleepy, little country road passes by decrepit, abandoned structures (apparently just waiting for demolition and development), some surprisingly tranquil waterways, and stretches of mature forest that would entice …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

3 Jul 2014

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It wasn’t until I saw it all under heavy fog that this place really came to speak to me; sure, I’d seen it in rain, snow, sleet and just about every other condition you could name, but before that blanket …

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Virginia Gardening

Tomato Harvest and Other Joys

6 Aug 2014

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By Donna Williamson Ah, it’s tomato time. As usual, I planted and grew many heirloom and newer varieties of tomato plants and am loving every minute of the harvest. Those little cherry tomatoes are so delicious and refreshing while working …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll

6 Aug 2014

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By Sushi One day not long ago a little girl by the name of Adele came to visit the farm. She was a spirited little thing with long flowing blonde hair. She loved to twirl and dance in the wind. …

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Why I Still Believe in America

6 Aug 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love the fourth of July. It happens to be my favorite holiday. It’s not just the fireworks and the wonderful blueberry pie that my mother makes each year. It is a day when partisanship can be …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Healthcare Decision Making

6 Aug 2014

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life By Amy and Dan Smith Because of the evolution of the law, documents relating to medical decision making have a variety of names, which together are confusing if not downright bewildering. The Advance …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 28, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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July 29, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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July 30, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
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Leesburg, 20175
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Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 4, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 5, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 6, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 6 – Fan Favorite – vote on Facebook or at the movies for your favorite flick!
    • Superman (original) PG   151 mins
    • Willy Wonka G 98 mins
    • Surf’s Up  PG 85 mins
    • Smurfs  PG  102 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 7, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 8, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Summer Saturdays

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August 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

Acoustic on the Green Presents Two-Time Grammy Award Winner Jon Carroll

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August 9, 2014

Leesburg Town Green
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA

Jon Carroll’s long and diverse career has garnered him recognition in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a multiple Wammie winner (Washington Area Music Association) as a vocalist, player and songwriter as well as national notoriety and a two-time Grammy award winner with Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight”) for his vocal arranging and as Best New Artist. Additionally, in 2011 the Washington Area Music Association named Carroll Musician of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Rock Instrumentalist of the Year. After recording five albums with Starland Vocal Band, he worked with a myriad of artists, penned two musicals and had his songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers. He released recently his first solo album in over a decade, “Love Returns.” For more information on Carroll, visit http://www.joncarroll.org/home.html.

Free and open to the public. Picnics are encouraged. Please no smoking, alcoholic beverages or pets. For more information, visit http://www.acousticonthegreen.com or info@acousticonthegreen.com or call 703-737-7144.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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August 11, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Schedule your appointment online or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Space next to Swoon and across from AT&T

2 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, August 11

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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August 16, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Summer Saturdays

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August 16, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 20  – Frozen (sing along) PG  108 mins

 

 

Movies Under The Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Artful August

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August 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents the 2nd annual juried Art Show. Free Application. Free display space. Free contest entry. Submit up to five (5) artworks for judging by jury and show attendees for The People's Choice Awards. Free festival for all! July 3rd applications are opened, artists will be notified of acceptance within 14 days of application. Jury selected winners will be announced August 23rd at 6:30 PM.  August 20th People's Choice winners will be announced. For more information please visit villageatleesburg.com/artfulaugust

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Summer Saturdays

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August 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Donna Clark "Mindscapes"

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August 31, 2014

6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198

 August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes” A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  “I paint in series - images that are not place specific.  I consider them personal dreamlike mindscapes of imagined locations in my natural world.”  The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.  In addition, Clark will demonstrate her distinctive painting technique on September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Summer Saturdays

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August 31, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

19 Aug 2014

Activities On Friday, August 29 – exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors – the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person. On Saturday, August 30, there will …

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Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

18 Aug 2014

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By Sarah Smith What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30. Every …

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Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser & Awareness for Loudoun County Project Lifesaver

16 Aug 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Each Poker Hand $20.00 Family Activities with food – Raffles – Live music -McGruff, Loudoun County Sheriffs Office Motor Squad Demos- Fire Apparatus, Vendors and much more! 100 Mile Poker Ride with Three Stops Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Hamilton Safety Center, Harmony Hall- Kickstands up at 9:00 am. Return to Hamilton Safety Center for Meal …

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Wild Loudoun

Mighty Little Crayfish

6 Aug 2014

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Several years ago I was walking along W&OD Trail in Reston when I saw a mighty little thing – maybe two inches long – strutting directly toward me in a very menacing way. It was moving pretty fast and had two large claws raised. I didn’t know if this was how this thing behaved – vulnerable and out in the …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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