Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Divine, Deputy Intervention

Hats off, once again, to a local Sheriff’s Officer who acted quickly this past week in saving a child from a three-story fall in Sterling. Deputy Casey Johnson pulled a four-year-old girl to safety on Tuesday night- after the youngster had climbed over the railing on an outside balcony; the child’s five-year-old cousin had already fallen after he’d evidently tried the same maneuver.

The boy reportedly escaped serious injury, as later determined after an emergency trip to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne.

Deputy Johnson had answered a call after the first child fell, and noticed the little girl hanging from the same balcony as he arrived on the scene; he rushed up the stairs and pulled the child back, after gaining the attention from an adult occupant at the address. … Continue Reading

Rattlesnake Found in Round Hill

July 30, 2011 News, Our Towns 6 comments
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Chris Pearson found this four foot long rattlesnake on July 28 shortly after 8:00 a.m. under the front steps of his house. According to Chris, this is the first siting of a rattlesnake in Round Hill in 15 years. Several friends in the area have also found rattlesnakes this summer. ” If it wasn’t for our family cat warning us of this, we would have never know it was there,” said Mr. Pearson.

If you encounter a rattlesnake, below are some tips from www.ehow.com.

  1. Stop immediately when you see or hear a rattlesnake. No matter if you are midstride, running for a bus or in the middle of your daily walk, do not take another step once you see the snake or hear his rattle. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Call for Community Participation

July 30, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Call for Community Participation
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he Purcellville Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. We will utilize a motorcade to visit participating communities and spend time with residents to get to know our community members. Currently in our motorcade there will be Purcellville Police, Town Officials, Support Team, Loudoun Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, and Purcellville Fire/Rescue.

Current Visitation Schedule

5:30 p.m. Main Street Commons Apartments – Swimming Pool

6:30 p.m. Dominion Terrace – Court Yard

7:00 p.m. Hirst Farms – Devonshire/Strawberry Ct.

7:30 p.m. Carver Center

The goal of the National Night Out program is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. We want to send a message to criminals letting them know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

If your community would like to participate, call the Purcellville Police at 540-338-7422.

Three Suspects Involved in Attempted Robbery of Fast Food Restaurant in Custody

July 30, 2011 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Three Suspects Involved in Attempted Robbery of Fast Food Restaurant in Custody
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Three suspects were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after an apparent attempted robbery at the McDonald’s on South Sterling Boulevard in Sterling.

Around 1:45 a.m. a Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy came across a 1998 Ford truck in the area of Enterprise Street. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle believed to be involved in a larceny of license plates that was reported by a resident around 1:30 a.m. in the area of East Beech Road and North Irving Road. As the deputy attempted to make contact with the vehicle’s occupants, the vehicle sped off and a brief pursuit ensued. The vehicle lost control and rolled completely over before striking a building in the area of Enterprise Street. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Signs “Ashley’s Law”

July 30, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Signs “Ashley’s Law”
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Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed SB 762, also known as “Ashley’s Law,” which requires emergency vehicles proceeding through a traffic intersection to flash emergency lights and either sound a siren or horn, or yield the right-of-way, before proceeding. This law is named in honor of Ashley McIntosh who was tragically killed in 2008 when her vehicle was struck by an emergency vehicle as it went through an intersection. The legislation was signed during an afternoon ceremony at Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria.

Speaking about “Ashley’s Law,” Governor McDonnell remarked, “It is a sobering moment as I sign this legislation today that results from a tragic traffic accident that took the life of a young Fairfax woman with a bright future. We are constantly evaluating how we can improve public safety to protect our citizens, law enforcement and first responders. It is because of the care, concern and activism of Ashley’s family and friends that this change in the law has become a reality, and for that I commend the great work of everyone who advocated for the passage of this bill. Virginia’s streets are safer because of ‘Ashley’s Law.’” … Continue Reading

LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

July 30, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy
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Loudoun Valley High School seniors Connor Bluhm, Emma Thomson and Ben Baker are proud graduates of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Summer Academy. The three students attended the third session, in which they were tasked with planning in minute detail every aspect of a human mission to Mars. Bluhm and Baker worked long hours on the “Getting There” team, which was responsible for safely transporting all equipment, crew and other payload to the Red Planet. Thomson was a key player on the “Living There” team, which planned how the crew would survive in the harsh conditions of Mars. … Continue Reading

DIY Savings: Cleaning Fine Rugs

July 29, 2011 Uncategorized 1 comment
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By Cat Morris

When we lived in Denver, a girlfriend used to take her rugs to Robert Mann Oriental Rugs for cleaning. She had a beautiful antique rug and a several high quality woolen pieces that she’d clean about every six months, owing to her son’s severe asthma. This quality conscious friend, owner of many fine antiques and the most beautiful linens I have ever seen, informed me that Robert Mann’s was the best place in town for expert rug repair and cleaning. The best. … Continue Reading

Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

July 29, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

The following local residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary:

* Zoe Grotophorst from Hamilton graduated with a BA degree.
* Stephen Ammann from Hamilton graduated with a BS degree.
* Mark Nauta from Purcellville graduated with a BS degree.
* Jordon Ross from Purcellville graduated with a BS degree.
* Joan Robillard from Purcellville graduated with a MAC degree.
* Jessica Hannah from Round Hill graduated with a BA degree.

Lasting Impact of Hispanic Youth Institute Evident at Virginia Event

July 29, 2011 Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Program alumni and volunteers motivate new generation of Latino high school students

Last week more than 200 volunteers traveled to the campus of Virginia State University from July 20-23 to mentor the 159 participants of this year’s Virginia Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) Kick-Off. The program motivates local Latino high school students to pursue a college degree and become professionals who give back to their communities. Students from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and even Michigan, participated in the program and will now enroll in year-round programming designed to help them progress towards their college and career goals. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Receives Grant

July 29, 2011 Behind the Scenes Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Receives Grant
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By Molly Pinson Simoneau

The Loudoun Lyric Opera Company recently received a $5000 Tier 1 Project Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. This grant is awarded to new and emerging arts organizations. In a political climate where arts funding is at great risk, a grant like this one can mean life or death to a fledgling company like LLO, which was founded in 2007. “Without start-up funding from VCA, Loudoun Lyric Opera would never have made it to our fifth season this year, ” says Pamela Butler, President of the opera company. … Continue Reading

INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services for August

July 29, 2011 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services for August
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Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of August. Mobile Services will also be at several community events including the Ladies Board Rummage Sale Donation Day, Family Fest, Rock N Back to School, and the AARP Job Fair. Individuals must be at least 18-years-old for all health screenings. Children that visit the Mobile Health Van in Purcellville can see educational displays and receive a small memento.

For further information or to schedule a flu shot clinic call the Mobile Health Services hotline at 703-858-6609 or visit at www.inova.org/mobilehealth. … Continue Reading

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting in Round Hill

July 28, 2011 News, Our Towns 19 comments

By Andrea Gaines

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 17, Donna Mihalco’s dog started going absolutely crazy – barking incessantly and practically throwing itself against a glass door that led out to her back yard.

Because it was just 5:30 a.m., the sun was not yet fully up. But even in the dim light, outside she could see the outline of a very large animal, sitting on a small rise. As her eyes adjusted she quickly determined that it was not another dog … or a bear … not a coyote … nor bobcat. It was quite tall and a long tail was clearly visible, and its large, reflective eyes shone bright against the dark outline of its head. Donna didn’t want to believe it. But, from her point of view, she was looking at a mountain lion! … Continue Reading

Middleburg Boy Receives Award at Randolph-Macon Academy

July 27, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Middleburg Boy Receives Award at Randolph-Macon Academy

Tanner Zyontz, the son of Richard and June Zyontz of Middleburg, was recognized at an end-of-year ceremony for outstanding achievement at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA). He received the Certificate for Battle of the Books and the Good Conduct Award.

Thomas was an eighth grade student at Randolph-Macon Academy during the 2010-11 school year


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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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 …

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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 …

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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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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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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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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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