Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia
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By Kelli Grim
(The following information was gleaned from an extensive study of eminent domain in Virginia written by Jeremy P. Hopkins, Esq. , and published by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.)

The right to own property protects the individual by dividing power between the people and the government, and between the people themselves. The right to own, use and dispose of property gives the individual true security and independence. It is the bedrock of our constitution and all laws and freedoms are dependent upon it. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Economic dependence begets subservience and venality,” while economic independence begets freedom, liberty and industriousness. It is no wonder that tyrannical governments make common property a method by which to control people. If everyone owns something, no one owns it, and the government is, of course, the default owner of everything. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

Janet Clarke is on the fast track to being nominated as the Republican candidate to run for the Blue Ridge Supervisor spot this November. She is currently unopposed on the Republican side. But, is she the best challenger to represent the party of “fiscal responsibility?”

Clarke was handpicked by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro to replace him on the Town Council when Lazaro was elected Mayor in 2006. Serving on the Council from 2006 to 2008, Clarke voted with the Mayor’s majority voting block on every major issue.

  • While on Council Clarke voted for numerous lawsuits to sue the County of Loudoun to stop the building of Woodgrove High School which had been in Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan since 1995. All lawsuits failed. And, Clarke was part of the group the Mayor put into action to give an ultimatum to the County: give Purcellville just under $6 million (for unspecified transportation needs unrelated to the school) or the town will continue to “sue and appeal” all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court – delaying the building of the High School another year or more. In the interest of area students – many of whom were being taught in trailers due to severe overcrowding – the County gave in. … Continue Reading

A Page’s Life

June 5, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on A Page’s Life
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By William Rodenberg

I wanted to do an extracurricular activity in my sophomore year, which reflected my passion for politics. One day, in discussing my woes with my father, he suggested the Congressional Page Program. I began researching the program, five months living in Washington D.C., and watching Congress in action, interning on Capitol Hill, going there every day after I finished school at the library of Congress … how exciting!

On August 6, 2010, the office of Frank Wolf accepted my application. I began on September 6. … Continue Reading

Hear the Next Generation of Great Performers

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hear the Next Generation of Great Performers
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Young competition winners from the Levine School of Music return to Waterford to show off their exuberant best on Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Waterford Elementary School.

Come hear true excellence shine forth from these young virtuosi–of elementary through high school ages–as they play the music of Chopin, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Bartok on piano, violin, oboe, and guitar.

Bring the whole family, especially music students. Tickets are available for $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Waterford Elementary School is located at 15513 Loyalty Road in Waterford.

For more information call 540-882-3018.

Summer Reading Tales from the Web

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Summer Reading Tales from the Web
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Tales from the Web, Loudoun County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program begins June 20 at all seven branches and runs through August 15, 2011. Stop by any branch to register and pick up a challenge card – all ages are encouraged to participate.

The program offers hands-on experiences, educational programs, first-class entertainment and fun for every age. Highlights for children and families include live musical performances by Barry Louis Polisar, Mad Science of Washington, Rainbow Puppets, visiting authors, professional artists, and chances to win great prizes! Disengage will kick-off the teen program with a live concert at 7:00 p.m., June 20 at the A.V. Symington Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg followed by a manga poster contest, a film competition and the 2nd annual anime-con! Adults are invited to “Untangle the Technology Web” and enter a chance to win a NookColor!

Stop by any branch to register, pick up your challenge card and learn all the details. The Summer Reading Program runs June 20 through August 15 at all branches. Visit your library or http://library.loudoun.gov to learn more.

Eastern Loudoun Station Hosts Open House

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eastern Loudoun Station Hosts Open House
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Eastern Loudoun Station hosted its 1ST Annual Open House! The year old facility is a state-of-the-art sheriff’s station, with the highest possible security and amenities to aid law enforcement efforts. The community was invited to meet Eastern Loudoun Station Staff and tour the new facility which included a cookout, guided tours, LCSO displays and Specialty Vehicles. 350 local residents attended the Open House between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

The ELS is located next to Rolling Ridge Elementary School off of Sterling Blvd at 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling.

Photo courtesy/ Justin Nash
The police train ride circled the Eastern Loudoun Station and was continually packed with kids who came out with their families to enjoy a cookout, station tours and the free ride.

Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years

June 2, 2011 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years
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Since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is the oldest horse show in America. It was founded to encourage better breeding of horses.

The one-day show, which began with a few breeding classes, has grown into a weeklong tradition with classes for children, adults and families. Each year beneath the oaks at Grafton Farm, more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations compete throughout the week. The show raises funds for the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities. … Continue Reading

Town Council to Reconvene June 1, 2011 Special Meeting

June 2, 2011 Government Comments Off on Town Council to Reconvene June 1, 2011 Special Meeting

The Town of Purcellville recessed its June 1, 2011 Special Meeting and will reconvene the meeting on Monday, June 6, 2011 beginning at 8:00 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers located at 130 East Main Street.

When it reconvenes the Town Council will continue its consideration of SUP 11-01 Special Use Permit Application for the Accomplished Child’s request to operate a child day care center of up to 40 children ages three through fifth grade at 211 South 20th Street.

Fourth Grade Teacher Charged with Drunk in Public at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

June 2, 2011 Our Towns Comments Off on Fourth Grade Teacher Charged with Drunk in Public at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School
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A Loudoun County fourth grade teacher was charged with drunk in public on Wednesday by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Officer School Resource Officer Unit responded to Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn shortly before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after school personnel reported a teacher was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Laura Ann Collins, 43, of Leesburg was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged with drunk in public.

State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

June 2, 2011 Equestrian Comments Off on State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages all horse owners to go to its website, www.vdacs.virginia.gov, for updates on the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) in several western states. A horse button on the homepage will take readers directly into the EHV site which contains updates on the situation, as well as fact sheets and biosecurity information. VDACS recommends that horse owners and managers be aware of the signs of EHV-1 and practice good biosecurity to limit the spread of infection. Horse owners should also consult their veterinarians about the immunization status of their horses.

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with VDACS, says that to date, he is not aware of any Virginia horses infected with EHV-1 or of any horses that have come in close contact with infected horses. “It’s always a good idea for horse owners to practice good biosecurity,” he said, “but it is especially important whenever we have an outbreak of a highly contagious disease. I urge every horse owner, stable owner, equine event planner and everyone else who comes in contact with horses on a daily basis to be extra vigilant. We have seen a very high level of cooperation from federal officials and the affected states and I am cautiously optimistic that the current outbreak will not spread to Virginia. But the reality of our global world is that livestock owners must be constantly vigilant and observe strict biosecurity practices to protect our flocks and herds.” … Continue Reading

Suspect Brandishes Firearm After Being Confronted by Lansdowne Man During Larceny

June 2, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect Brandishes Firearm After Being Confronted by Lansdowne Man During Larceny

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a larceny from a garage that ended with the suspect brandishing a firearm.

A resident was walking their dog in the 43700 block of Riverpoint Drive in Lansdowne around 11:50 p.m. when they observed an unknown suspect wearing a
motorcycle helmet in the garage of a neighbor’s home. The resident confronted the suspect who then fled on foot. The resident gave chase and at one point the suspect turned around and brandished a firearm. The suspect ran to a black pick-up truck driven by another unknown male and fled from the scene. … Continue Reading

American Veterans Center Honors National Military Appreciation Month

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on American Veterans Center Honors National Military Appreciation Month
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Center proud to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom

The American Veterans Center would like to thank the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our nation. In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, we are renewing the promise to you and your families that the legacy of your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

For the past fifteen years, the American Veterans Center has provided a forum for our military men and women to preserve their experiences for future generations.

“The American Veterans Center recognizes the tremendous sacrifice made by our nation’s servicemen and women and their families, and we are dedicated to ensuring their legacy is never forgotten,” stated AVC President Jim Roberts. “We are proud to honor this special month and our nation’s military veterans by hosting the National Memorial Day Parade. Our goal is to draw the attention of all Americans to the real meaning for the holiday – honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our liberties.”

Serving as the capstone for Military Appreciation Month in Washington, DC was The Seventh Annual National Memorial Day Parade presented by Boeing. The parade is an opportunity for thousands of patriotic Americans to come together to honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The event celebrates all who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to those serving abroad now.

“Boeing has a special relationship with the men and women in uniform who, for generations, have defended liberty and freedom and protected our friends and allies,” said Leo A. Brooks Jr., Boeing Vice President, National Security & Space Group. “We are proud to stand with the thousands of people who will attend the National Memorial Day Parade to salute these American heroes.”

The National Memorial Day Parade showcases nearly 200 elements, including marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Last year the parade drew over 250,000 spectators, a testament to the public’s desire to honor our heroes in uniform. Joining the 2011 parade will be Grand Marshal and Vietnam veteran Pat Sajak, as well as celebrity supporters of the military Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Buzz Aldrin, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, and many others.

The parade began at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30 and will stepped off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It then proceeded west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

About the American Veterans Center
The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Center works with veterans to record their personal experiences through documentary and speaker programs, its magazine American Valor Quarterly, and events such as the National Memorial Day Parade.

Photo by Hope Miller

Wolf Secures Key Provisions to Fight Stink Bugs

June 2, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Secures Key Provisions to Fight Stink Bugs
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Farmers, vintners, and homeowners could benefit from provisions in a bill moving through the House that would make fighting the brown marmorated stink bug infestation a greater priority for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Wolf worked with Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee chairman Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to include new directives for the USDA undersecretary of research in the FY 2012 spending bill approved by the full Appropriations Committee on May 31. The new provisions specifically direct the four research agencies of the USDA to identify and develop effective stink bug control methods.

“The committee felt that the USDA was not working aggressively enough to find a solution to this critical problem,” said Wolf. “We’ve now worked to single out the stink bug problem as one of the top priorities for all research agencies at the department.”

Another key provision instructs the USDA to work collaboratively with state partners to identify and implement controls for stink bug invasions.

The bill is pending consideration by the full House, expected later this month.

Stopping the destructive brown marmorated stink bug – whose influx some have likened to a plague of locusts – has been a top priority for Wolf, who has held a town hall meeting in his district so that scientists and experts could share ideas for control methods with local farmers and growers.

“I’ve seen first-hand the damage that stink bugs are causing to local fruit and vegetable growers and we have to do something to mitigate the economic damage caused by these pests,” said Wolf. “I hope this legislation will make this problem the top priority for USDA research agencies.”


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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