“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.

… Continue Reading

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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The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Two Pound Sterling Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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View From the Ridge

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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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