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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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

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

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Events

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 19, 2014N/A

As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
7037772414

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

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WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 25, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 26, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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Lovettsville Spring 5k and Fun Run

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April 27, 2014N/A

Lovettsville Community Center
57 E. Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA

Register in person at the Lovettsville Community Center. Call 540-822-5284 or e-mail lovcc@loudoun.gov for more information.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 27, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1601 Village Market Blvd #100
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
USA

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

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 1, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 2, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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May 2, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 3, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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May 3, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 4, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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May 4, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Heritage High School
520 Evergreen Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
USA
7032205202

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

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View From the Ridge

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

4 Mar 2014

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

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Editorial

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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

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

9 Apr 2014

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

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

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

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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

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Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

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

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Letters

Let’s Think Outside the Box

23 Apr 2014

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Sometimes it’s necessary to think outside the box, and this is one of those times. Leaving emotion aside and dealing only with cold, hard facts, …

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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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

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