Hope and Glory

September 30, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Here I am! Here I am, as the farm town crier today to bring to you big news.

Mr. and Mrs. B are celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss! And where did they sneak off too but the northern neck,( ahhhh that makes me think of turkey necks! YUMMMM!)

Okay, so back to the scoop. Miss Cathleen (Mrs. B’s assistant) gave Mr. B the skinny on a place called Hope and Glory B&B in a little town called Irvington, Va. Mr. B said he was surprising Mrs. B in Hopes of another 25 years together and to celebrate in the Glory of having raised five daughters. Yep, you heard me right five girls! Mr. B likes to joke about being Blessed amongst Women!

While Mr. and Mrs. B are away the mice will play and that is exactly what those annoying barn cats Hokie and Mountie are doing. I wish they were playing with mice like any good cat should do but “NO” they just have to drive me crazy! Now if you have been to the farm, you know my cozy dog house under the big sappy pine tree. I was snoozing to the soft pattering sounds of much needed rain drops. Snoozing and snoring through a tremendously wonderful dream chasing Mr. and Mrs. Red Fox back into their foxy den in the rock ledge. I rolled over onto my back, paws up, quite satisfied with myself. Yawning, I stretched my paws into the air toward the roof of my safe haven when who do I see ready to pounce from the roof of my home onto my belly but you know who! Now really – What’s a dog to do, I ask?

Hokie and Mountie winked at each other and before I could scramble they bounced onto my belly and up and out over the fence in all of their GLORY!

Flashing my brilliant white tooth grin into a ferocious Cairn Terrier snarl I yelped;

” I HOPE you cats remember to treat others how you like to be treated!”

With that I retired back into my dog house under the sappy pine tree and planned my revenge.

Alas, that is a story for next week and besides I need time to think about how I am going to get back at Hokie and Mountie in a nice Cairn Terrier gentlemanly way!

Love,
Sushi

Purcellville Realtor Donates to Playground

September 30, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment
Dee Howard (left) a representative from the Kenneth W. Culbert PTA Playground Fundraising Committee accepts a $500 donation from Angie Isidro Bresnahan, Weichert real estate agent and Purcellville resident.

Dee Howard (left) a representative from the Kenneth W. Culbert PTA Playground Fundraising Committee accepts a $500 donation from Angie Isidro Bresnahan, Weichert real estate agent and Purcellville resident.

Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School, located in Hamilton, opened its doors in the fall of 2009 and currently does not have a playground for its student population of more than 500 children in grades K-5. Plans have been finalized to construct a “GREEN” playground made from recycled milk jugs. The vendor, The Fibrex Group has surveyed the area and provided the PTA with a cost estimate of $100,000. The construction phase will begin when the PTA raises its first $50K. To date the group has raised approximately $7,500.

Mrs. Bresnahan has pledged to donate $500 for each sale that she makes (buyer or seller in the Kenneth W. Culbert school district) to the playground fund.

Treasure Hunt at the 72nd Annual Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital Rummage Sale

September 30, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital has set Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16, as the dates for its 72nd Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale, held at Morven Park Equestrian Center, 41793 Tutt Lane (off Route 15) in Leesburg. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Proceeds benefit Ladies Board projects and nursing scholarships.

Often called Loudoun County’s largest treasure hunt, this 40,000 square-foot bargain-shopping extravaganza offers almost everything imaginable, including antiques, furniture, books, clothing, tools, yard equipment, sports equipment, electrical goods, household items, designer fashions, holiday items and linens. It might take both days just to see everything. Enjoy a quick bite at the Food Court and check your bags at the Girl Scout “holding area” so you can keep shopping. Patrons can also bid on a unique collection of rugs, local gift certificates, jewelry, artwork and other treasures at the Silent Auction held Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Admission is free during regular sale hours, but the doors will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 for the “Early Bird Hour.” Early Bird tickets are $5 per person and are needed for anyone 12 years old or older before 9:00 a.m. Friday. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund, which is a Ladies Board project dedicated to providing for special needs at the Inova Loudoun Hospital Nursery.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now in Leesburg, at the following stores: Twice Is Nice thrift shop, 305 E Market St; The Gift Shop at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway; and the Black Shutter Antique Shop, 1 Loudoun Street, SW. For more information call 703-771-2985 or visit www.LadiesBoard.org.

Pliocene II

September 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

…the equilibrium climate change associated with an increase in CO2 is likely to be significantly larger than has traditionally been estimated.” Lunt et al.

We last visited the Pliocene several months ago [1]. The Pliocene is of special importance to us because the warm climates during the middle Pliocene between 3 and 3.3 million years ago (Myr) and the early Pliocene between 4 and 4.2 Myr are similar to what we expect to occur this century due to human emissions of greenhouse gases. Peak atmospheric carbon dioxide was about 400 parts per million by Volume (ppmV). The current level is 393 ppmV but climbing. As we described earlier, the continents had nearly the same positions as today and the sun’s luminosity was nearly the same as well. By studying the Pliocene, palaeoclimatologists hope to better assess the Earth’s climate sensitivity to the radiative forcing caused by increases in greenhouse gases.

While remarkably similar to current conditions, the mid-Pliocene was between 2.4 and 2.9oC warmer than pre-industrial climate and the early Pliocene was about 4oC warmer on average than the pre-industrial climate. Sea levels were 25 meters higher than today due to smaller ice-sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. These temperatures are much hotter than those estimated by the IPCC for the same atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

The Charney Climate Sensitivity (CS) is the expected warming caused by a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide after the climate equilibrates. The value of CS is assumed to be between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Centigrade with the most likely value considered to be 3oC. However, CS only takes into account fast short-term feedbacks acting on timescales of years to decades such as water vapor, snow albedo, sea-ice albedo and clouds. Slow long-term feedbacks are not included in the estimates of Charney Sensitivity. Thus the CS will underestimate the eventual warming of Earth to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Long-term feedbacks include changes in dust and other aerosols, vegetation, ice sheets and ocean circulation. These effects will all modify the eventual equilibrium surface temperature. The long-term temperature response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide is called the Earth system sensitivity or ESS. By studying the sudden warming concluding the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) Hansen has estimated the ESS to be closer to 6oC or 11oF [2]. Hansen was kind enough to acknowledge me for reviewing this paper prior to its publication.

Two recent papers attempt to better estimate ESS by studying the Pliocene climate. Lunt et al. [3] expand work originally begun by Harry Dowsett and others at the USGS [4] called Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping (PRISM) Project. Dowsett is a co-author of the Lund paper. The second paper is by Mark Pagani et al. [5]. The Lunt paper examines only the mid-Pliocene warming. It uses the USGS extensive Pliocene data to reconstruct the boundary conditions such as surface topography or orography [6] as well as sea surface temperature, sea level, ice sheet extent, vegetation, etc. In all, PRISM comprises 28 global data sets all available for free downloading from the USGS. These boundary conditions are then used in simulations using the HadCM3, the UK Met Office fully coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model (GCM). The advantages of using a GCM are that the effects of different forcings can be isolated. Two forcings were known to play a role in mid-Pliocene climate: an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide due to an imbalance between tectonic related emissions and weathering and orographic changes. Orbital forcings are assumed to be minor during this time. The Lunt paper concludes that Earth system sensitivity is between 30 and 50% higher than the value assumed by the IPCC of 3oC.

The Pagani paper studies both the mid and early Pliocene climate. Their results are shown in Figure 1. They show that if changes in carbon dioxide and associated feedbacks were the primary agents forcing climate sensitivity for the middle and early Pliocene and if estimates of global temperature are correct then the ESS for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 would be 7.1 +/- 1.0oC and 9.6 +/-1.3oC. Unlike Lunt et al., they do not take into account the impacts of orographic changes on the climate.

Figure 1, Estimated CO2 trends considering probable oceanographic changes at each site. Each line represents a modified CO2. Vertical grey lines intersect CO2 consentrations at 3.0-3.3 Myr and 4.0-4.2 Myr time intervals representing the Earth-system climate sensitivity estimates.

While differing in their results, both papers agree that equilibrium climate sensitivity may be higher than the consensus view and we may see an unexpected increase once the oceans warm up or equilibrate to the new higher level of carbon dioxide. It is also sobering to appreciate that sea levels were 25 meters higher than they are today for the same level of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Hansen reminds us that forming glaciers and ice sheets is a dry process and takes millennia but melting glaciers is a wet process which we don’t yet fully understand but can proceed rapidly. The Pagani paper observes that the east-west sea surface temperature gradient of about 1.5oC resembles a possible permanent el Nino-like state. The record warming during 1998 and earlier this year occurred during el-Nino conditions. These estimates of ESS ranging from 30% higher to more than double the CS value are worrisome especially considering the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 today is far more dramatic than at any time in Earth’s history and we don’t appear to be willing to slow down greenhouse gas emissions even by a little. Furthermore, we now have an entire political party, Republicans, completely disassociating themselves from any attempt to comprehend reality.

To view maps of the locations of continents in the Earth’s past see Chirstopher R. Scotese’s fascinating web site [7].

Tony Noerpel

[1] http://brleader.com/?p=1585

[2] Hansen, J., Sato, M., Kharechal, P., Beerling, D., Berner, R., Masson-Delmotte, V., Pagani, M., Raymo, M., Royer, D. L., and Zachos, J. C., Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?, The Open Atmospheric Science Journal, 2008, 2, 217-231.

[3] Daniel J. Lunt, Alan M. Haywood, Gavin A. Schmidt, Ulrich Salzmann, Paul J. Valdes, and Harry J. Dowsett, Earth system sensitivity inferred from Pliocene modelling and data, published online: 6 Decembder 2009 | DOI: 10.1038/NGEO706

[4] Harry J. Dowsett, John A. Barron, Richard Z. Poore, Robert S. Thompson, Thomas M. Cronin, Scott E. Ishman and Debra A. Willard, Middle Pliocene Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction: PRISM2, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN FILE REPORT 99-535, 1999.

[5] Mark Pagani, Zhonghui Liu, Jonathan LaRiviere and Ana Christina Ravelo, High Earth-system climate sensitivity determined from Pliocene carbon dioxide concentrations, published online: 20 December 2009 | DOI: 10.1038/NGEO724

[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orography

[7] http://www.scotese.com/

Grammy Award Winners, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Perform Music of the Civil War and Beyond

September 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

One of the most celebrated duo’s on the American acoustic music scene, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason will give an exclusive performance to accompany the traveling exhibition, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg.

Jay’s haunting composition Ashokan Farewell – the musical hallmark of the PBS series, The Civil War, earned the couple international acclaim, an Emmy nomination and a Grammy award. The evening performance will be a two-part concert featuring songs and traditional fiddle tunes popular long before the advent of records and radios, songs from the golden age of country music and swing, and haunting contemporary classics composed by Ungar and Mason. From Stephen Foster’s Old Folks at Home to Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ to Jay’s own Ashokan Farewell, this performance will present a wide range of traditional, American-made music. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of music, Ungar and Mason make each concert a musical journey. Their wit, warmth and consummate musicianship will add up to an exciting evening sure to cheer the heart and feed the soul of all ages!

“Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Loudoun County Public Library is proud to have been selected to host the exhibit September 7 through October 15 at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg.

Loudoun County Public Library, the community’s information center, provides free and equal access to a full variety of library resources and innovative technologies to enhance the quality of life and meet the informational, educational and cultural interests of the entire community.

Pages, the Loudoun County Public Library quarterly publication provides a full listing of library programs, events and services and is available at all branches and the library website library.loudoun.gov.

Blue Ridge Leader News – September 26, 2010

September 26, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Be the first to comment
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So Out of Place

One of the privileges of my day job allows me to drive the idyllic country roads in Loudoun County; one in particular- Lime Kiln Road- gives one a chance to become separate from the rest of the world for at least a few moments and think long, long thoughts- but one thing that never crossed my mind along this beautiful stretch was murder. But that’s exactly what the Sheriff’s Office says it found late last week at a home just off that tree-lined, two-lane blacktop along scenic Goose Creek. … Continue Reading

Good Shepherd Alliance Walks for Shelter

September 22, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment
Photograph courtesy of Lindsey Bledsoe.

Photograph courtesy of Lindsey Bledsoe.

The sixth Annual Homeless Walk for Shelter through historic Leesburg took place on Saturday, September 19. Sponsored by the Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA), the “Walk to Shelter Homeless” started at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglass School Pavilion on the corner of Sycolin Road and East Market Street. The 1.2 mile walk continued west on East Market to Loudoun Street, then on to King Street, through historic Leesburg, back to East Market then over to Harrison Street and back to Douglass School. 269 people walked in the event and GSA raised over $5,500 for homeless programs and to foster volunteerism in service to homeless and near homeless people. Broad Run School Board Member Bob Ohneiser and Congressman Frank Wolf’s Director of Outreach Mary Ann Cannon participated in the walk. Many pastors, church congregations and community organizations also walked.

Bye-Bye Stinking Stink Bug!

September 22, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Oh my! School, school, school. Study, study, study. Work, work, work. Sleep, sleep, sleep.

Interesting how each season brings with it its own structure. Bernie and Laino are really on the go and when they do get home there barely seems to be enough time to just chill and get a good belly scritch. That’s right, “Scritch” because dogs are known for scritchin’ and not scratchin’. That is definitely a cat thing – scratchin’. I know because those ornery barn cats Hokie and Mountie have given me my fair share of scratches when pouncing on me from behind the hay bales up in the barn’s loft.

Now I have to tell you from a dog’s point of view, cats have their value too. I’ll have to think about it and get back to you on just what that is … but give me enough time and Sushi the great Cat thinker will come up with something brilliant to share.

In the mean time, just when I think the cool fall weather is hinting in the air the heat comes back again, and is it ever going to rain? We really need a good wash to get rid of all these stink bugs. They are everywhere! I for one am quite tired of them in my bed, on the ceiling, on the windows you name it and they will be on it!

I think I am going to trot on down the long farm drive to the woods and see if I can’t stir up some kind of birds that would be willing to have a few stink bugs for lunch! I doubt I will find any since there seem to be so many stinking stink bugs! My sniffer started sniffing and I seemed to be picking up the notorious stink bug smell. My ears started lifting; I turned them up to super radar hearing level. Crunch, Crunch.

Turning the bend toward the Beaverdam Creek what do I see sitting perched on an overhanging tree branch but Mr. Preying Mantis, his long green arms caressing his lunch – a stinking stink bug! Just as I was creeping in for a better look my wiry Cairn Terrier hair bristled as I was brushed aside by Mr. Crow swooping in on Mr. Preying Mantis for the steal!

Crow with his steely black beak plucked that stink bug right out of Preying Mantis’s long green arms and flew off with poor Praying Mantis’s lunch!

Off I go, so until next time – stay free of stink bugs!

Love,
Sushi

The Chesapeake Bay Protection Ordinance

September 22, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

(for the public record, September 9, 2010, Board Meeting)

Sustainable Loudoun supports the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance being proposed for Loudoun County. The Chesapeake Bay water shed drains 64,000 km2 including our county. It is the largest estuary in the United States and the third largest in the world. As transition zones between terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems, estuaries create some of the most productive and fertile ecosystems on Earth and are important both biologically and socioeconomically.

The ecology of the bay is severely impaired and many species have been depleted by more than 90 percent. The Chesapeake Bay has been degraded by human activities such as overexploitation; pollution with nutrients, chemicals and pathogens; loss of habitat; freshwater diversion; and the introduction of exotic species.

In the 1500’s the Chesapeake Bay supported an incredible abundance of marine life including dolphins, porpoises, seals manatees, sea turtles, whales, trout, salmon, shrimps, crabs, oysters, herring, shad, menhaden, mackerel, and sturgeon. Shad catches have declined from 17.5 million pounds in 1880 to 0.5 million pounds in 1992, when Virginia implemented a moratorium.

Historically, millions of geese, swans, ducks and other waterfowl overwintered in the Bay. Populations of geese, which can feed away from the bay, have recovered but duck populations have not. Several species are extirpated. Since the 1950s duck populations have decreased by 80 percent.

In the early 1900’s there were more than a 1000 pairs of bald eagles nested in the area. By the 1970s this number fell to about 90 but has recovered since to about 180 pairs.

Figure 1, relative a bundance of taxonomic groups in the Chesapeake Bay estuary.

Figure 1, relative a bundance of taxonomic groups in the Chesapeake Bay estuary.

The relative abundance of six taxonomic groups and the human population in the estuary are shown in figure 1 [1]. The entire taxonomic class of reptiles, including sea turtles, had been reduced by over 90 percent since the mid twentieth century. They have not recovered. All classes have been reduced by more than 50 percent.

Oyster landings from Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay are shown in figure 2 [1].

Figure2 Oyster landings in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

Figure2 Oyster landings in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

It has been estimated that pre-1870 oyster biomass could have potentially filtered the entire water column during the summer in less than three to six days. Today’s current oyster stock would need 300 days. Thus the loss of oyster biomass has resulted in a dramatic reduction in filter activity and phytoplankton removal from the water column.

Nitrogen loads have increased by a factor of 17 and phosphorus loads by a factor of five from historic norms. This of course is what the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance would address. But the bay’s ecology is so transformed and stressed that without reducing the stress of river born pollutants, other measures such as harvesting moratoriums may have little to no effect on recovery.

The Chesapeake is a microcosm of the Earth’s biosphere but it is the area which Loudoun county residents can proactively address. In the larger world, the environment is becoming increasingly antagonistic to the sustainability of human life. A recent paper in the journal Nature [2] shows that ocean primary productivity may have fallen by 40 percent since 1950 from the impacts of global warming. It is this productivity which generates the oxygen we need to breath and which supports the entire marine food chain.

We have to put aside crybaby selfishness for the benefit of our children, our grandchildren and ourselves. We ought to take responsibility.

Best regards,

Tony Noerpel
Catoctin District
14068 Rehobeth Church Road
Lovettsville, Virginia, 20180
540-882-3289

[1] Heike Lotze, “Historical reconstruction of human-induced changes in the U. S. Estuaries”, Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 2010, 48, 267-338.

[2] Boyce, D., Lewis, M., & Worm, B., “Global phytoplankton decline over the past century,” Nature, Vol 466|29 July 2010| doi:10.1038/nature09268.

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia – 2010 Buddy Walk

September 21, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

September 25th, 2010, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bull Run Regional Park – Centreville, VA

Local children’s band favorite – ROCKNOCEROS
Fives – playing a mix of rock, blues, jazz and funk
Bounce houses, climbing wall, mini-golf, petting zoo, pony rides and children’s characters!
American Idol contestant, Maddy Curtis, will open the festivities with the National Anthem
Self-Advocate brunch
Lots of vendors!

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia Hosts Buddy Walk

September 20, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Business Be the first to comment

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia will host a Buddy Walk on September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

The walk will feature Rocknoceros, a local children’s band, bounce houses, climbing wall, mini-golf, petting zoo, pony rides and children’s characters. American Idol contestant, Maddy Curtis, will open the festivities with the National Anthem.

Holiday Male Call

September 20, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

Men who enjoy singing and love holiday music are invited to join the Chorus of the Old Dominion as the all-male group begins rehearsals for its forthcoming holiday performances.

The chorus is a popular vocal ensemble whose close harmonies, a cappella delivery and expressive style have delighted audiences in Loudoun County for years. Best known for doo-wop and barbershop music, the group redirects that energy to deliver heartwarming carols and festive songs each Christmas season, too.

The chorus seeks men of all ages who have some vocal music experience – or are willing to learn. Listening tracks of the music are also provided.

In-take rehearsals will be held each Thursday through October 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W. Market St., downtown Leesburg. Call 703-348-0071 or email info@odchorus.org for more information.

Loudoun Valley Volleyballers Raise Cancer Awareness

September 20, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Be the first to comment

This fall 2010, thousands of teams from around the country will be participating in the Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. High School and College teams will be promoting Breast health education in the community as well as raising funds to help eradicate Breast Cancer.

On Thursday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. Dig Pink attendees will watch the girls compete on the court while contributing to breast health awareness by making a statement and wearing something PINK in the stands. Before, during and after the volleyball match there will be many special events such as a bake sale and a Tropical Smoothie sale.

The proceeds from all donations will benefit the Side-Out Foundation.

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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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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 4, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

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

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 5, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

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

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 6, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

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

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 6, 2014

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

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

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

Movies Under The Stars

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August 6, 2014

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

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

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 7, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

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

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 8, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

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

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Summer Saturdays

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August 9, 2014

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

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

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

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August 9, 2014

Leesburg Town Green
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA

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

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

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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August 11, 2014

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

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

Space next to Swoon and across from AT&T

2 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, August 11

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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August 16, 2014

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

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

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

Summer Saturdays

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August 16, 2014

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

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

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 20, 2014

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

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

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

 

 

Movies Under The Stars

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August 20, 2014

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

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

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Artful August

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August 23, 2014

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

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

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Summer Saturdays

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August 30, 2014

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

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

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Donna Clark "Mindscapes"

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August 31, 2014

6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198

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

Summer Saturdays

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August 31, 2014

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

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

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View From the Ridge

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

6 Aug 2014

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

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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

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

3 Jun 2014

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

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Lifestyle

Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

19 Aug 2014

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

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Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

18 Aug 2014

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

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Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser & Awareness for Loudoun County Project Lifesaver

16 Aug 2014

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

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Wild Loudoun

Mighty Little Crayfish

6 Aug 2014

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

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

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

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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

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

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

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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

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