Mountain Gap Farm Protected by Conservation Easement

July 30, 2010 by Contributor Loudoun County Be the first to comment

Historic Property Saved from Development

Ayrshire Farm announced today that Mountain Gap Farm, a 350-acre farm located in Leesburg, has been placed into a protective conservation easement with Loudon County. Mountain Gap Farm serves as an extension of Ayrshire Farm, a certified organic and certified humane farm in Upperville, Virginia owned by Sandy Lerner. “I am committed to ensuring that this historic, working farm remains a sustainable, working farm forever,” stated Lerner.

The property was purchased by Lerner in 2008 when she rescued it from development where it had been approved for a 68 lot subdivision. The farm is a historic property listed with the Virginia Department of Historic resources and dates back to 1741. It contains a 19th century historic archeological site with a standing 19th century dwelling and six contributing ancillary structures that are potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places due to information the site may contain about rural life in Loudoun County in the 19th century. The lack of modern alterations to the structure makes it an interesting specimen for showing the 19th century evolution of amodest log and frame residence in Loudoun County.

Recognizing that the property had historically been used as a cattle operation, Lerner brought in some of her heritage-breed Scottish Highland and Ancient White Park cattle. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors worked in partnership with the landowner, Oatlands, Inc., and The Journey through Hallowed Ground to finalize the conservation easement. “I strongly support what Sandy Lerner is doing. She has proven herself a wonderful steward of the land and of Loudoun’s agricultural history,” stated Loudoun County Supervisor Jim Burton.

Oatlands’ executive director, David Boyce, concurred, “We believe that Mountain Gap Farm is of significant historical value due to its close proximity to the Oatlands Historical District. Saving this farm was critical to the history of the region. I salute Sandy Lerner for her commitment to stewardship.”

Lerner was recognized last month by the Land Trust of Virginia for her conservation efforts in placing Ayrshire Farm’s 800 acres into easement, currently the largest single parcel under LTV easement.

Ayrshire Farm, located in Upperville, Virginia, was the first Virginia farm to be certified both organic and humane. The farm produces a variety of meats and organic produce supplied to top regional restaurants, including its own Hunter’s Head Tavern, Home Farm Store, and Ayrshire Farm Catering Company. Hunter’s Head and Home Farm Store were the first restaurant and farm store in the nation to achieve the certified humane designation through HFAC. Ayrshire Farm’s mission is to farm sustainably and profitably, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely raised meats and organic produce to the local consumer community through education, outreach and example. For more information visit www.ayrshirefarm.com.

Burton Addresses Chesapeake Bay Act

Dear Neighbors,

In a Meeting Alert I sent out last month, I promised a fuller discussion of the Board’s consideration of the Chesapeake Bay Act. Before I drafted such a discussion I wanted to make sure that I fully understood the context (historic, scientific, and political), the goals, and the approach. Given the other items before the Board this Spring – the Countywide Transportation Plan, proposed changes to the Land Use Tax Deferral for Open Space, the Kincora Rezoning, the White’s Ford Park Special Exception, meetings with the Bond Rating Agencies – it has been difficult to find the time to undertake such study. This was one of the reasons I moved that the Board table further discussion of the matter until September. … Continue Reading

America’s Economy and Open Decision Making

July 28, 2010 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

From Forbes: “The top six bank holding companies earned an aggregate of $51 billion in pretax income in 2009. We’re talking about JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Wells Fargo. All of this pretax income can be attributed to their trading revenues of $59.7 billion. The proprietary trading operations of an oligopoly of banks, saved from disaster by Uncle Sam’s largesse and subsidized with cheap money from the central bank, was the single driving force behind the restoration of their fortunes and the renewed surge in their stock prices…..This astonishing performance underscores the casino the oligopoly has become. It bears testament to the payoff from the Wall Street bailout of 2008, which resulted in the elimination of competition and the concurrent strengthening of the few giants left standing.”

From this story by Tyler Durdan: “Of the 986 bank holding companies in the US last year, a total of 980 of them LOST MONEY.” This year 98 of those banks shuttered their doors.

This story put me in mind of the following article from John Robb which he gave us permission to republish. While most historians rate George W. Bush as the worst president in American history (and he is a worthy candidate), my vote has always gone to the ideologue Ronald Reagan. His administration was the one to decide to favor the wealthy over the rest of America in the mistaken belief that “a rising tide raises all boats,” which of course makes no sense. Reagan’s administration was the beginning of the end of the American Empire and the American economy. It was during Reagan’s administration that American’s GINI index began to climb into failed state and banana republic territory. Reagan declared war on America’s middle class and poor.

I’ve been reading John Robb’s Blog Global Guerrillas for years now and recommend it.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The global financial system is melting down. Our approach to decision making may have been the reason we are at this impasse today.

This gets us to the nexus of our current problem. The environment within which we make decisions is getting more complex, uncertain, and incomplete at a faster rate than the mental constructs we use to model it are being improved. To wit: ever greater amounts of novelty (for example: new technology) is being produced than ever before yet our strategies and methods are scarcely different than those we used half a century ago.

From the brief “Open Decision Making.” Read the entire thing.

The 20th Century’s central struggle was between the ideological systems that advocated governmental control of the economy and those that relied on market control. The market-based systems won. Why? In short, market-based systems made better investments, over the long term, than government managed systems. The lesson: systems with large numbers of decision makers, each with capital to invest, make better decisions.

As is often the case, the emerging victory of the market-based system created yet another problem/struggle. Specifically: is it better to trust that individuals empowered with growing salaries/wages will make the best investments for future economic success — or — is it better to grow corporate profits (at the expense of wages/salaries) and let capital markets invest the excess?

Between WW2 and 1974, while still engaged in a bitter struggle with Communism, the US hedged its bets on that question. Both individuals and the capital markets received an equal share of the benefits of productivity growth. Incomes rose mightily and we became broadly wealthy, mirrored by generous growth in the capital markets, relative to the start of the century. As a result of this shared decision-making system, smart investments in infrastructure, industry, education, and much more made America the economic powerhouse of the world. In short, we prospered.

However, the shared decision making system ended. From 1974 onwards, the rewards of productivity growth (economic expansion) went exclusively to the capital markets and not into income growth for individuals. This was likely done, although the mechanism is unclear, under the assumption that the discipline of capital markets produced better investment decisions than individuals. Regardless of the motive or the specific mechanism, where the flow of capital from American economic activity went, couldn’t be clearer:

• Median per capita incomes in the US are the same as they were in 1974 — there hasn’t been any income growth at all.
• In contrast, we have seen torrential capital accumulation / concentration and the capital markets have enjoyed a nearly 30 year run of unbridled expansion.

So, what were the results of this concentration/narrowing of decision making power in the hands of the capital markets? How did they invest thirty-four years of American productivity growth for the future?

As of this year, the final results of this American experiment in financial decision making are in. The allocation of this capacity exclusively to capital markets, rather than sharing that decision making with hundreds of millions of Americans, has produced a horrible result. Instead of investing the accumulated wealth of America in productive assets that yielded long term benefits, the money was invested in derivatives (illusory financial products) that yielded nothing of tangible value. In short, the narrow group of actors that operate within the capital markets made the decision to forgo the long and difficult process of growing investments in the tangible world in favor of the outsized returns available through investments in virtual products. That investment is now evaporating.

What it Means

Even under the most ideal conditions, it’s dubious whether the capital market’s decision making loop (the sum total of the intellectual product of all capital market participants) can even closely approximate the requirements of the rapidly evolving global environment we currently find ourselves in. In short, we are falling behind ever more every day. Given a situation where decision making is falling behind the requirements of the environmental reality, we can expect inevitable catastrophic failure at some point in the future.

Would we have been better off if the benefits of massive productivity growth over the last three decades had been shared with hundreds of millions of Americans? Of course. In fact, it is hard to see any other way, other than an open decision making process, which would be able to deal with the growing complexity of the modern world — from globalization to technological change to growing instability.

Can this be error be corrected? Probably not. Most Americans have fallen deeply into debt (mirrored by the US government) in an attempt to maintain lifestyles (or an illusion of progress). They don’t have the financial resources for any meaningful decision making power left and worse; there isn’t any recognition that a concentration of decision making was even a problem in the first place. In fact, given that most of the last 30 years of American economic investment is now vapor, it’s hard to imagine us avoiding economic catastrophe.

John Robb

John Robb is an author, an entrepreneur, a former USAF pilot in special operations and author of the book Brave New War, in April 2007.

Robb proposed a new theory of warfare in his book called “open source warfare” which made the cover of Nature magazine (one of the world’s two most prestigious science magazines, the other being Science). He was named one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, and invited to speak at a plethora of venues (the DoD, CIA, NSA, NIC, Highlands Forum, Center for Biosecurity, and many more).

Storm’n on Through!

July 28, 2010 by Contributor Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Well here I am, back in the saddle again. This week I am diverging from my story book (which I hope to have in real print later this year … so you will just have to wait to read “The Rest of The Tails” (as the great Paul Harvey would say).

But right here, right now … Shamanawanawana!!!!! Holy Shamoly!!!!! Yippee Kai Yhea !!!!!!!

The 75th Annual Loudoun County Fair is here and it was “Kick Started” on Sunday, July 25 by the Loudoun County 4-H Cantelopers. That’s the 4-H horse club for you non-horsey types.

All year long the work and excitement had been building. Young and old pitched in for one whole week of good old fashion togetherness.

The Cantelopers had worked so hard. They had painted jumps with the names of the neighborhood business sponsoring many of the young riders. They helped the other 4-H clubs groom the fairgrounds, tidy up livestock barns and the horse and rodeo arena, scrub bleachers, mend broken fences and knock down a year’s worth of cob webs – cleaning the grounds until they looked their very best.

Then came the kick-off night! The start of the Great Fair!

I could feel the excitement here at the farm, when the clouds quickly became dark and ominous, wind whipping and howling ferociously, louder and more commanding than my best Cairn Terrier growl. Uh oh, sensing concern that the show might not go on – our departure for the fairgrounds delayed – I quickly gave Bernie and Laino my very best encouraging brilliant white toothy grin and wagged my tail.

Taking my cue, in short order the trailers were hooked up and ready to roll, the horses quickly loaded, and last minute items stowed in the back up the farm truck. Timing the tremendous storms perfectly – as all cowboys and cowgirls just seemed to know how to do – the Cantelopers managed to dodge their trailers and animals lickity split to the fairgrounds.

At the fairgrounds the storms passed as quickly as they came and the Cantelopers got the excitement started with hilarious riding skills in the “Gamblers Choice.”

Gamblers Choice is a crazy game where the horse and rider are given a set time and then choose their “obstacles” – each of which has a set of points awarded according to the dollar amount each local company had decided to “PONY UP” (hee hee hee). (All the proceeds go to support our very own Loudoun County Fairgrounds.)

In the Gambler’s Choice the winner is chosen by the number of points earned within the time allowed.

Now, I ain’t no bettin’ dawg myself, but I would put my money on these cowboys and cowgirls any day!

First in the ring came a little girl on a striking black pony with a big ole’ blaze cast ‘cross its face – Phantom I think they called him. Cantering up to the first jump – sponsored by Personal Mortgage Advisor, The Farrell Team ( Leesburg, Va.) – Phantom decided to take a closer look. Maybe he wanted the number for a new stall. But either way, that pony had the crowd all go “aaaahhhh… gulp!” First coming to an almost dead stop in front of the jump, he decided last minute to take his leaping straight into the air and up and over he went like a deer. And boy did that little girl stick to that pony’s back! Losing her foot in the stirrup, she still rode like the wind around the rest of the course.

Then there was the Loudoun Flooring (Purcellville, Va. ) sponsored obstacle. That was really funny. Now you wouldn’t think it a big deal to walk a horse over a few carpet squares, but let me tell you, we animals have an uncanny sense for what’s natural and what’s not. Carpet in a horse arena is just not natural – no siree. Those kids had a time getting their horses to get one hoof (much less the two required to earn the points) to touch that scary flooring.

Lynden Farm Event Rental (Purcellville, Va.) – it was another good obstacle. Here, the horse and rider had to weave through four round tables – when was the last time you saw a horse sit down to eat?

All in all, the obstacles and sponsors were many, fun made for all, and the skills displayed on those horses, WOW! And not one rider fell off.

Now I can hardly wait to share my next story, as there ought to be plenty to tell after this year’s 75th Annual Loudoun County Fair has ended. Speaking of that, don’t let it end before you get out to see it. Check out the schedule at www.loudouncountyfair.com.

See you next time!
With lots of love,
Sushi

Blue Ridge Leader News -July 25, 2010

The Bright Side

Kinda nice to start our morning off on a positive note; one of our missing teenagers is back safe and sound after being gone for over a month. Ana Maria Ferster turned up in Reston this past Thursday; she’d been missing since June 12. … Continue Reading

Eating Green

July 23, 2010 by Debi Skaggs Public Safety Be the first to comment

Being green from the inside out may be easier than you think and can start with a few simple steps at your local supermarket. Sustainable food shopping can help you be socially responsible, environmentally conscious as well as healthy! There are many reasons to want to eat a little “greener” but the benefits can stretch from you to your community and globally. Buying locally means not only the products will get to you, the consumer faster allowing less nutrients be lost from the time of harvest or being processed but also cuts down on air pollution, water pollution and a decreases our oil dependency.

Taste is another incentive to buy unprocessed and locally raised groceries. Many times foods are not only sprayed with chemicals but meats are injected with solutions to, “improve texture”. Grass-fed animals also have been found to have substantially more omega-3’s.
Although shopping at a local farmer’s market would be the ideal circumstance this option is not available to everyone and many times doesn’t carry everything you need. If you shop at a large chain supermarket and do not want to change where you buy food there are steps you can take to help you shop more sustainably.

Many times you can find organic or local fruit sold in your store. Look for signs stating such and if they aren’t posted speak with the manager to see if they could be labeled locally grown if it is available at your location. The meat department is another area where you can shop more sustainably. Ask your butcher or store manager if any of the meat is organic, sustainably raised and/or from local farms. If this is not the case ask for them to start carrying the type of meat you wish to buy as many times you will find they will do so in order to keep their customers loyal.

Another step is to simply cook for yourself. It will not only help your wallet by not spending money at restaurants, but by not purchasing prepared foods you save by not having to pay for the companies expenses of packaging, processing, and advertisement. This will allow you to pick more sustainable ingredients. Preparing your food at home also allows you to pick your method of cooking which can help you keep some of the nutrients that may have been lost in the factory due to overcooking and preserving methods.

Lastly, educate yourself! Look at food labels and find out what they mean. De-coding organic food can help you understand which items will help you shop more sustainably and which companies use the term “organic” for advertisement. Many online sites can help you de-code labels as well as give you list of food items or brand names to look for. Happy Shopping!

This article written by Debi Skaggs of Lou Who Contracting, Inc. for informational purposes only.

Surveying the Damage

July 21, 2010 by Contributor Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

So … last time I wrote to you I was talking about the ferocious dark of night fight that we had had with the sly ones, the foxes …

It’s the next morning now and on Mr. B’s instructions Bernie, Laino, LuLu Belle and me are going down to the barn yard to check on the damage done.

This would be my first introduction to all the farm animals – Old Gnarly Gander, a large white China Goose, the lovely Miss Zaza, a rare and beautiful Sabastapol Goose, Sheep (making noise and poking their heads through the fence rails), the farm ponies (whinying; “Hey, new dog, welcome!) White Crested ducklings, American Heritage Turkeys, a feast for the eyes!

But, oh, oh no, now I remembered why we were here.

Above to the doorway of the Chicken Palace I observed a beautiful rooster. His eyes seemed distant, his wings drooped. Even a young pup like me could feel sadness in the air, and not speaking a word, Bernie and Laino picked up the dead hens.

Lulu Belle stood below Lord Percy. Her deep, brown eyes pierced his very soul – expressing her sorrow for his loss. Old Gnarly Gander waddled toward us. Lulu Bell came over to my side and said, “Gnarly, this is our new partner.”

Gnarly honked like something I’ve never heard before. “What! That little thing! What can he do?”

“Gnarly, this little man is born and bred to hunt foxes. He fought right by my side, tooth for tooth last night.” My heart skipped a beat as Lulu Belle acknowledged me. I felt like I belonged …

So, more next week, and, oh, Mrs. B tells me there’s something called the Loudoun County Fair. It’s been going on for 74 years! July 26-July 31st (hope Mrs. B will let me go and hope to see you).

– Forever yours, as always, Sushi

P.S. This is the last “creative” excerpt from my book … which I hope will be available in print later this year. When it’s available for purchase you’ll be the first to know. Watch for my Loudoun County Fair update in next week’s Tails from the Barnyard …

Leadership Loudoun Recruits

July 18, 2010 by Contributor Loudoun County Be the first to comment

The Leadership Loudoun Board of Directors is hosting a recruitment event on Wednesday, July 28, at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, located at 203 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from 7:30-9:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for people interested in applying for the 9-month leadership development program to meet with board members and staff who will explain the program and answer questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

Blue Ridge Leader News – July 18, 2010

Earthquake Weather

No, I don’t have any intelligent reactions from local officials on this one; I was jolted out of bed at 5:04 a.m. on Friday morning, though. My first thought was, “Oh, no, another plane crash in Leesburg.” … Continue Reading

Sushi’s Adventure Continues

July 14, 2010 by Contributor Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

That evening;

“You are the bravest and mightiest Cairn Terrier ever” was still singing in my ears.

The girls ascended the farmhouse stairs, taking Tiki and me with them. We all curled up together in bed, thanking God for each other and our wonderful Lulu Belle. I was one worn – out little pup. Quite frankly I had forgotten about growling and snapping at this Laino creature. She was pretty cool. I really could get use to snuggling with her. I decided to put on my best behavior.

Waking up the next morning Bernie and Laino carried Tiki and me down the stairs and straight out to the front yard for us pups to do our duty. Mr. B was just heading out for work.

The girls ran over to give their daddy a hug. “Well girls, it looks as though I missed some serious excitement last night. Look at all the hens killed by the foxes!”

Beyond the fields near the barn they could see the many lifeless birds from the hunt the night before. Looking over to Lulu Belle, Mr. B saw a dead red fox. Looking up to her master she reassured Mr. B. that this fox was not going anywhere. Mr. B. reached down and affectionately rubbed Lulu Belle’s ears. “That’s my girl Lu. Good dog.”

Looking down at me, he added, “I hope this new pup will live up to the job it is born and bred to do. Lu, you deserve some extra help girl.

Bernie and Laino, you girls better go check on the damage done and the rest of the livestock. You know, this time of year is when the foxes are teaching their young how to hunt. You had better keep the poultry and fowl locked up at night!”

“Yes Daddy” the girls chimed.

Until next week – stay cool,

Love ,

Sushi

Burton Addresses Kincora Vote

July 14, 2010 by Jim Burton Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday night five members of the Board – Scott York, Susan Buckley, Eugene Delgaudio, Stevens Miller, and Lori Waters – approved the Kincora application, which includes 1,400 residential units in an area planned as the County’s premier employment center. I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues’ decision, especially those who professed a commitment to stand by the County’s Comprehensive Plan and to understand the fiscal correlation between residential development and higher taxes. … Continue Reading

New Plans for Connecting Loudoun to Metro

July 11, 2010 by Contributor Loudoun County Be the first to comment

With leadership from Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles), concrete steps are being taken now to design the transit system that will get Loudoun residents from home or work to Metro without cars. Over the past week, the owners of both the Kincora project and the Fox Gate project have made specific new commitments to connect their respective projects to the planned Route 606 Metro Station and to work with county officials in developing the proposed Dulles South Circulator that will allow many more county residents to use public transit instead of cars.

“With the Kincora project under review right now and the Fox Gate project, in my district, coming along shortly, I saw the need for both projects to connect to Metro and to support public transit options for the county,” said Miller. “This is a good example of how we can enlist the business community to help us reduce traffic congestion with meaningful new commitments to public transit.”

The Kincora proffers have been revised to add the Route 606 Metro Station as one of the required stops for the proffered Kincora shuttle service. The Fox Gate applicant will be revising its proffers in the coming weeks to establish a connection to the Dulles South Circulator, which will serve the Route 606 Metro Station from Dulles South.

“We have always seen the need to connect Kincora to Metro,” said Mike Scott, leader of the Kincora development team. “It is a key transportation option for those who live or work at Kincora or for those who want to come to Kincora for a baseball game or a performance at the arts center.” “Now, with our revised proffer, we are linking Kincora with the public transit plans Supervisor Miller is working on for Dulles South,” said Scott.

“Fox Gate’s initial transportation focus was to use a shuttle service to provide convenient access from Fox Gate to the surrounding neighborhoods,” explained the owner’s representative, Bob Hess. “Now, with encouragement from Supervisor Miller, we are committing to connect our project to the Dulles South Circulator and, with that, to the 606 Metro Station and ultimately all the way to Kincora,” said Hess.

The Kincora project is located at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 28. Fox Gate is located on the opposite side of Dulles Airport on Route 50 near the Loudoun/Fairfax line.

“Locating apartments, stores, and offices together in one development—called ‘mixed use’—can yield meaningful transportation benefits by reducing car trips,” explained Supervisor Miller. “However, these benefits are multiplied if you can link multiple mixed-use communities to Metro with public transit.” “That’s why I asked these two landowners to work together,” said Miller. “It not only improves the transportation connections to their own projects, it helps jump start the public transit network for this whole part of the county.”

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Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 1, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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

FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • July 2  – Paul Hadfield aka “The Funny Guy” Clown Theater program

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 3, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 4, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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July 5, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

Saturday Summer Music Series

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July 5, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd., SE, Suite 215, Leesburg, VA 20175
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Enjoy the sounds of summer every Saturday night through August 16! 5 – 8 p.m. in Fountain Court FREE. Bring your own chair or check out our new patio-style furniture in fountain court. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.  Check facebook/villageatleesburg.com

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Conversations in History Series: The Nature of Sacrifice

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July 5, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

Carol Bundy, author and historian, will speak on William Hathaway Forbes and the California Battalion's confrontation of Colonel John S. Mosby, 1864. Co-hosted by Mosby Heritage Area Association and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

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July Sunday Brunch at Breaux Vineyards

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July 6, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States

End your Holiday weekend with a delicious Sunday Brunch! Take a break from the sunshine and heat to enjoy a 3-course meal paired with delicious Breaux Vineyard wines while overlooking the sweeping views! Chef Author from Grandale Farms has prepared a delicious farm to table meal for you to enjoy.

Tickets are $60 per person / $55 Cellar Club members

Cavaliers, Courage & Coffee Program

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July 6, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

As part of the sesquicentennial events for the Battle of Mt Zion Church, the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will offer a lantern lit dramatic evening. 540-687-5578.

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VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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July 9, 2014

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

FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • June 9 –  Zumba for kids

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175

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. July 9 – The Goonies  PG  111 mins

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9th Annual Key West Festival

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July 12, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards
Purcellville, 20132
USA

Come enjoy our "Vineyard in Paradise" at the 9th annual Key West Fest!  Wine tastings, food vendors,  live music, kids' activities and more!

Local crafters and vendors will also be on-site selling their wares and have great items you could win!  We will draw prizes under the band tent during the band breaks!

Please remember, no dogs or picnics are permitted at our festivals! 

Ticket sales coming soon!

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Increase Your Reach: Social Media Advertising for Business

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July 17, 2014

Why use social media advertising? What should your goals be? Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn—what’s best for your business? How can you analyze results to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth?

Get answers. Maximize the power of your SM advertising.

Presenter:  Kona Gallagher,  Marketing Program Coordinator for Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development.

REGISTER at Loudoun SBDC.eventbrite.com

Fee:  $25 registration online; $30 at door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Summer Saturdays

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July 19, 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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JUL Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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July 22, 2014

Patrick McMahon, Attorney - McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC, will present briefly on “Negotiating Teaming & Subcontracting Agreements from a Small Business Subcontractor Perspective.”

 

SPONSOR:   TD Bank, N.A.

 

Let’s continue building federal contracting relationships in Loudoun. Whether you’re a contracting neophyte or veteran, this event can help you move forward on your contracting goals.

The group’s founder, Loudoun SBDC, is a resource partner with the SBA. It has been helping to launch/grow government contracting businesses for over 10 years. It has strong partners within the economic development community and is well-positioned to assist you!

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 23, 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. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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July 23, 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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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 24, 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. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 25, 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. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

July Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

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July 25, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
USA

July Fourth Friday! July 25; 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Each month our "Fourth Fridays" event boasts a fabulous evening of wine + entertainment worth sharing with family and friends.  This month's fourth Friday falls on July 25th.  We will have live music, wine to taste and food to eat.  Don't miss out on this fun summer evening - come soak in the views, the music and of course some terrific vino!

No reservation needed - We'll see you Friday the 25th!

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Village at Leesburg 5th Annual Summer Block Party

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July 26, 2014

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

Saturday, July 26

3 – 8 p.m.  FREE

Join us for this FREE family event with live bands, entertainers, inflatables, food, sidewalk sales and fun activities throughout the entire center.  Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. 

 

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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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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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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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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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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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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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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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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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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
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

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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View From the Ridge

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

3 Jun 2014

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future. On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh …

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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

Feed Loudoun – Fresh Food Drive

27 Jul 2014

Photo attached courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o'clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to alert needy families when they were invited to collect crops. As a volunteer, gleaning is a fun, family activity that usually lasts no more than about 2 hours on a beautiful day. It is also a good activity for groups who are looking for community outreach projects.

Special report by Mark Gunderman Photo courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o’clock in the morning and again at seven …

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Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

17 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and …

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

15 Jul 2014

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art …

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Wild Loudoun

Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

3 Jul 2014

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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too … Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – …

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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

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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Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

3 Jun 2014

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the …

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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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