“Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” Debuts May 14

April 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” Debuts May 14
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Locally-Filmed and Produced Documentary Part of Purcellville Virginia Heritage Day Celebrations
By Andrea Gaines

Since 2008, the Lincoln Studios film crew (Sarah Huntington, Peter Buck and Drew Babb) have been filming “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” in Purcellville, Virginia and the surrounding Northern Virginia/Washington DC area.

“We have devoted thousands of hours to the project, relying exclusively on ‘sweatequity”,” notes Drew Babb. With the photography and filming complete, the team is beyond excited to be headed into the editing room and hopes the public will fall in love with the final product. … Continue Reading

Ask Dr. Mike

April 28, 2011 by Contributor Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Ask Dr. Mike
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Dr. Mike,

My husband and I are taking our three children to Disney World this Summer. We’ve waited as long as we have because our youngest son has autism, and we know the experience may be over stimulating for him. He’s a great kid but reacts to long waits and loud noises. We certainly do not want to deprive our son (or other children) of the Disney experience, but acknowledge that we have to be careful with how we approach this. Do you think our seven year old son can handle Disney, and do you have any tips for us?

S in Leesburg … Continue Reading

Real Estate Ticker

April 27, 2011 by Contributor Development, News Comments Off on Real Estate Ticker

By Heather Elias

There has been so much talk in the national media about the dismal real estate market across the country. Let me be clear about this…you can’t forecast the real estate market on a national level any more than you can create a national weather forecast. All real estate is local, based on supply, demand, and local economic conditions. Here’s how things are looking in Loudoun right now…

That’s three years worth of data for median price. The top line is single family homes, and the bottom line is the combined condo/townhome market. Pretty steady, huh? Median condo/townhome pricing has risen from around $255,000 in April 2009 to roughly $285,000 two years later; by my math that’s an 11 percent increase in two years. Single family homes have gone from $545,000 in April 2009 to about $555,00 now, which is only a two percent gain…but again, this is taking a snapshot across the county, so certain neighborhoods and home types could be outperforming (or underperforming) others. Given the volatility of the market (and the huge drop in home prices) from 2006 to 2008, I’d consider stability or a gain of a couple percent a win. If you are thinking about making a move this year, reach out to a real estate agent and get market data specific to your situation, so that you can make informed decisions. … Continue Reading

Transparency Matters

April 27, 2011 by Contributor Opinion Comments Off on Transparency Matters
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Opinion

By Kelli Grim

In January 2007 reports of FBI investigations into the activities of various Loudoun County officials shook public confidence in their local government. This exacerbated already existing public concerns regarding the significant levels of campaign contributions from individuals, companies, and organizations with matters before the Board, the appointment of individuals with fiduciary interests to Board advisory committees and commissions, and an overall lack of transparency in the land use decision-making process. Between 2006 and 2007, both jointly and individually, Supervisors Jim Burton, Sally Kurtz, Lori Waters, and Chairman Scott York, attempted to address these issues. Their efforts were met with mixed success. … Continue Reading

Hairbows

April 27, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Hairbows
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Nelly, do you even believe these photos of us?

I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl but me a Mighty Cairn Terrier male – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was a little more than I could handle – but remembering doggy dungeon I kept a smile on my face through it all. Maybe I didn’t like it but I could tell Laino and Bernie loved having us all doggied up for the family photo’s.

It was clear those two ornery barn cat’s Hokie and Mountie were quite jealous, as they did not rank high enough to be included in the family photos. Sammy the Bull and his favorite lady cow, Miss Ashley, could have cared less as they mooed softly together and munched their way across the green pastures towards the creek bed. Upon their arrival they were greeted by old Gnarly Gander and the Goose Gang.

Mrs. Zaza was busy cleaning, ruffling and fluffing her long Sabastapol curly goose feathers. The only thing she was missing by the creek bed was a full length mirror in which she could see herself. Her three baby goslings floated nearby admiring how gorgeous their Mama was. … Continue Reading

The Stink Bugs Are Coming … The Stink Bugs Are Coming

April 27, 2011 by Valerie Cury Public Safety Comments Off on The Stink Bugs Are Coming … The Stink Bugs Are Coming
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When a United States congressman hosts a conference about an insect, you know there’s something serious going on. Last Monday, April 18, 2010, Congressman Frank Wolf held a forum at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) problem. I am sure you all know the bug we are talking about; they have infested most of our homes over the past year. At Woodgrove, presentations were given by two experts in the field, one from the Department of Agriculture the other from an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech, which described the threat of the BMSB in detail. Our conclusion after hearing this talk and a previous one at the 4 H Club in Leesburg is that the BMSB invasion is a major agricultural problem that can affect the economy of the United States. Yes, you heard that right; the BMSB can affect the economy if immediate steps are not taken to control the problem. … Continue Reading

Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording

April 27, 2011 by Contributor Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized Comments Off on Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording
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Editorial

By Kelli Grim

The Town spends a great deal of time tinkering, rearranging and rewording all the ordinances, every regulation, zoning law, building height and setback, façade, window pane, sidewalk width and site plan – all of the nitpicking details that are supposed to make the town run smoothly, create an atmosphere of consistency and purpose, and lend some sort of harmony and vision to the Town.

It’s a great deal of time wasted. Despite all the reams of paper, the numerous drafts, the meetings and discussions, the town routinely and capriciously overturns or completely ignores its own regulations. … Continue Reading

Are We Saving Trees or Saving Face?

April 27, 2011 by Valerie Cury Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized 1 comment

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In the April 2011 Purcellville Citizen’s Update (a publication of the Town of Purcellville) there was a photo of a rotted, hollow core tree trunk that had been removed from Fireman’s Field in March 2011.

A caption for the photo in the Update reads “An example of the rotted out, hollow core and limbs of the trees that were removed.”

Staff and reporters from the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today were in fact on site the day the trees were taken down. Of the 15 trees that were removed, there was only one tree that was hollow (or rotted), and one other that was slightly hollow. (Staff had watched as all of the dozen or more trees were first taken down, and then hauled away. The photos below were taken that day.) … Continue Reading

Hawks Fly into Franklin

April 26, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hawks Fly into Franklin
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Country Gospel Performers, “The Hawks” will present a concert to benefit VSA arts of Loudoun County on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. Admission is a suggested donation of $20, and tickets can be reserved by calling 540-338-7973.

Lisa and Duane Hawk met in September of 1981 at a college that teaches blind students the art of piano tuning and repair. Duane was in the second year of a two-year course, and Lisa was in her first year. Duane came back to his home town of Palmerton, PA to start a piano tuning and repair business and the couple married in September of 1983.

Music has always been an important part of life for both Lisa and Duane. As they got to know each other in college, they discovered that both liked to play and sing country and gospel music. That love of music continued after marriage. The Hawks started taking small entertaining jobs to supplement their income. The number of jobs they took grew quickly.

Lisa plays the piano and Duane plays the guitar. Both of them sing.

VSA Arts of Loudoun County’s mission is to provide creative opportunities to people with disabilities in an inclusive community, through the performing and visual Arts.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation and can be reserved by calling 540-338-7973.

Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

April 26, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

The Waterford Foundation announced today that construction will begin on July 1, 2011 on the new Waterford Old School auditorium.

“None of us who stood in the yard of the Old School on that cold January day in 2007 will ever forget the sight of the fire that damaged the Old School and destroyed the auditorium,” said Bonnie Getty, president of the Waterford Foundation. “It has been a long four years of fundraising and planning, but I am thrilled to announce that last night the Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with the rebuilding of the Old School auditorium.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

April 26, 2011 by Contributor Development, Loudoun County, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

Fights Potential Diversion of Critical Transportation Revenues

Loudoun County residents and members of the County Board of Supervisors have discovered that Secretary Connaughton and two members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) have sought to revive the controversial Western Bypass and make it a top priority for funding as a new “Corridor of Statewide Significance.” Several residents attended Monday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting to speak in favor of a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors resolution which:

  • Protests the CTB’s lack of public process;
  • Calls for extensive consultation with the county; and,
  • Calls for a focus on the county’s much more critical transportation needs in terms of east-west travel.

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Extreme Science: Is Ocean Acidity Harming the Copepods?

April 26, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on Extreme Science: Is Ocean Acidity Harming the Copepods?
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Reprinted courtesy of Climate Central

This week’s article is by Ceri Lewis a young scientist working on the Catlin Arctic Survey. Her specialty is Copepods a remarkably delightful creature. Once on top of one of the Maritime Alps in France, my buddy and I decided we were living large compared with Rupert Murdoch who had financed our trip. Well what goes around comes around. I am unabashedly jealous of Ceri Lewis and all the other scientists who get to do this great science in the Arctic. Lewis’ article was originally published on April 18, 2011 at Climate Central [1]. Photo credits: Ceri Lewis/Catlin Arctic Survey. – Tony Noerpel

By Ceri Lewis, Catlin Arctic Survey Ice Base scientist

This is the second in a series of blog posts from scientists taking part in the third-annual Catlin Arctic Survey. … Continue Reading

Why Do They Do It?

April 26, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Why Do They Do It?
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By Meredith Bean McMath

What would it take to get you on the stage? A million bucks? For most of us that’s would be a yes. And maybe not even then…. But for many others, all it takes is an invitation. Why? What makes a performer tick? Why would someone put in hundreds of rehearsal hours and risk public humiliation just for the chance to stand up there and give us their all? Here in Loudoun we have around a dozen theatre companies, several ballet, dance, theatre and music studios, chorale groups, music groups and bands, an opera company, a ballet company, and a symphony orchestra; clearly this is a great place to ask the question. And so I did.

I put it out there on Facebook, and the answers came in a rush. Three themes quickly floated to the top: performers perform for the sake of personal challenge, the chance to explore new worlds, and a strong desire to share something amazing with an audience. … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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