Housing: The “Up” Side of this “Down” Market

September 5, 2012 Columns Comments Off on Housing: The “Up” Side of this “Down” Market
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By Carl Fischer

In the past two months, the housing market has seen a traditional reduction in residential sales activity through the heat of the summer. In the summer months, many families have more pressing demands on their time, be it for vacations, travel, or simply family get-togethers both near and far.
During this period, the national press continues to document the case for a very slow, erratic recovery in both house prices and consumer confidence. And these facts are hard to ignore. But there’s one aspect to what has happened in the past five years that seems to escape the focus of the press: How about the incredible opportunities this down market has presented to those who can take advantage of the ‘now’?

For those owners who are buried, or up-side down in their present ownership situation, and who agonize daily about their loss of equity as house prices have continued to erode, it feels like there’s very little to be done but just wait this recovery out. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Repeals Longstanding Land Use Agreement With County

September 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Repeals Longstanding Land Use Agreement With County
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Action Upends How Urban Growth Decisions Will Be Made

On August 14, the Purcellville Town Council voted to terminate the 1994 Annexation Agreement with the County and to eliminate the 1995 Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP), a jointly agreed-to plan required by the Annexation Agreement. PUGAMP was approved by the town and the county as the guiding framework for the future development of approximately 3,100 acres immediately surrounding the town. In exchange for accepting the development pattern laid out in PUGAMP, the town gave up the right to seek city status in the future. Now that PUGAMP is being eliminated, the Town Council has announced its plan to seek city status.

In 1999, the Town of Purcellville amended PUGAMP, identifying a relatively small number of parcels in the urban growth area immediately adjacent to the town as Phase I. The town could annex these properties unilaterally by adopting an annexation ordinance. Annexation of property outside of Phase I would require the County’s agreement. Phasing addressed concern over the town’s limited ability to provide water and sewer service to additional users. … Continue Reading

Case Against Couple Accused of Illegally Removing Signs Is Dropped

September 5, 2012 Elections, News 2 comments
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The controversial prosecution of George Kingsley and Karen Nutt, the Loudoun County couple accused of allegedly removing “Cage Fighting” signs from private property owned by Majid “Magic” Kayhan in Purcellville has been dropped by prosecutors under a procedure known as null process. Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman’s office had originally charged the couple with misdemeanor larceny and trespassing.

Posting of temporary signage in the public right of way is a violation of the Virginia Code 33.1–373. Loudoun County zoning ordinance (5-1200) also forbids such signage. In the case of events, Purcellville zoning ordinances allow the posting of one event sign of no more than four square feet, but the sign must be on the private property where the event is being held and the event promoter must get a permit for the sign. Public records show Kayhan did not have a permit for Cage Fighting signs – which were all over the Purcellville area and beyond – and only applied for the required permit after he filed his complaint with the Loudoun County Magistrate’s office. … Continue Reading

Anthony’s, Purcellville

September 5, 2012 Dine With Us, Lifestyle Comments Off on Anthony’s, Purcellville

“Our goal is to tell you where good food can be found …”

By George E. Humphries

Anthony’s, the little restaurant on the south side of West Main Street as you leave Purcellville, is a good place to go if you are looking for a tasty and fulfilling Italian Mediterranean meal. From pizza to parmigiana, stromboli to scampi, the menu offers something for everyone and items are reasonably priced to make it possible to bring in the whole family for just a snack or a comfortable neighborhood meal out.

Proprietor Anthony seems to be the very essence of a proper neighborhood restaurateur, welcoming and friendly but with a constant eye on the efficiency of the operation. Formerly in partnership with another eatery proprietor, Anthony left the collaborative relationship to open his own establishment in Purcellville four years ago in an existing space just past Silcott Springs Road (Route 690). Several months ago he greatly expanded and upgraded the look of the building with the addition of a large front patio covered by a tailored awning featuring the restaurant logo. … Continue Reading

Mr. Right Will Never Be Perfect!

September 5, 2012 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Mr. Right Will Never Be Perfect!
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Dr. Mike, My parents have rented a beach house for our entire family for many years now. This year my husband, our children and I spent several days with them, as did my brother and my sister and their spouses and children. My parents have always paid for the beach house without complaint, but this year I offered to chip in and paid half…without telling my husband. I purposely avoided telling my husband because he would have immediately expected my siblings to contribute equally. The problem is that my husband and I make very sizable incomes and my siblings do not. More to the point, my siblings have pretty much relied on the free beach week from our parents for their family Summer vacation for years now. If my husband were more sensitive to their needs and the situation, I wouldn’t have had to lie. Anyway, I finally told my husband what I did, and he is furious with me. We haven’t spoken for days, and I don’t know what to do. I don’t think I owe him an apology. I feel he is wrong and is being pig headed. Your thoughts are appreciated.
– T in Loudoun County
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Committees at a Glance – August

September 5, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – August

Committees at a Glance informs our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives. Here we discuss actions of the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory, the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and the Purcellville Planning Commission.

Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)
Aug 7, 2012

Topics: Facade grant allocation, Valley Springs II (Purcellville A Street) Proposed Development Update.

Owners of the property which houses the Ray Fields Antiques business were given a facade grant not to exceed $2,500. … Continue Reading

The “Fiscal Cliff”

September 5, 2012 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on The “Fiscal Cliff”
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By Amy Smith

What is the “fiscal cliff”? It’s the term being used by many to describe the unique combination of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. The ominous term reflects the belief by some that taken together, higher taxes and decreased spending at the levels prescribed have the potential to derail the economy. Whether we do indeed step off the cliff at the end of the year, and what exactly that will mean for the economy depends on several factors.

Will expiring tax breaks be extended?

With the “Bush tax cuts” set to sunset at the end of 2012, federal tax rates will jump up in 2013. We’ll go from six federal tax brackets (10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent and 35 percent) to five (15 percent, 28 percent, 31 percent, 36 percent, and 39.6 percent). The maximum rate that applies to long-term capital gains will generally increase from 15 percent to 20 percent. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Congressman Frank Wolf

September 5, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on An Interview with Congressman Frank Wolf
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Frank Wolf has served as 10th District Congressman since 1980; one of his first pieces of legislation went on to wrest control of the area airports – including Dulles – away from the Federal Government and under the current Authority. He’s been a proponent of Dulles Rail, and has championed human rights causes around the globe. Frank’s lesser-known talents include yo-yo skills and chili pepper gardening. I’ve interviewed Congressman Wolf dozens of times, but this is our first exchange in about five years.

Tim Jon: You’ve been on the Dulles Rail issue since the beginning. It’s been a real saga: getting the funding, all the approvals, and the ongoing situation with the Metro Airports Authority as constructor. Loudoun obviously has mixed feelings about the whole thing; I guess I’m asking you to make sense of this thing for some of us at this time- (it used to be a pretty simple “train story”). … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – 8/25/12 – 8/31/12

September 3, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – 8/25/12 – 8/31/12
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8/25/12 – 9:20 p.m. – S. 20th St. / G St. – Fleeing and Eluding – Jason W. Trussell age 34 of Hamilton Va. was arrested.
8/25/12 – 2:00 p.m. – 200 block of F St. – Warrant Service – Thomas J. Cummings age 20 of Purcellville was served.
8/26/12 – 5:10 p.m. – 220 N. Hatcher Ave. – Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Victim reports that someone stole items from their vehicle while it was parked at the Post Office.
8/30/12 – 1:08 p.m. – 37232 E. Richardson Ln. – Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Victim reports that someone stole items from a vehicle at this location.
8/31/12 – 8:34 p.m. – 1000 E. Main St. – Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threats and Public Intoxication – James J. Coady age 52 of No fixed address was arrested.

Fine Art Festival Coming to Downtown Leesburg on September 15 and 16

September 3, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Fine Art Festival Coming to Downtown Leesburg on September 15 and 16
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The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, a newly-formed non-profit organization that sponsors and promotes art and culture within the Town of Leesburg, is hosting the premiere of the Leesburg Fine Art Festival in downtown Leesburg, on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will support the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts.

Coordinated by Paragon Art Events, the art festival will showcase nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from more than 20 states and overseas. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the artists, learning how their specific artworks were created. The festival will feature painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed media and more. Each piece of art in the festival will be an original creation. For more information, visit www.paragonartevents.com. … Continue Reading

Local Olympian

September 3, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Local Olympian

Lovettsville native and U.S. Marine Rob Jones is representing the United States in the Paralympic Games right now in London. He is competing in the mixed doubles scull rowing event. His first race was today; he and his partner, Oksana Masters, came in second to a very fast team from China. This puts them in the “repechage” race scheduled for today at 11:10 (a.m. London). They can still get in the finals with a win then. More information about Rob’s racing or the Paralympics can be found at: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/rowing/schedule-and-results/index.html

One thing that I would like you to know is that Rob and Oksana are footing the cost to represent our nation at the Games themselves. Rob and Oksana are strong, but they can use your support. There has been a website established to help them pay for the London Games: http://www.teambadcompanyrowing.com/ You can learn about Rob’s and Oksana’s journey to the Paralympic Games and help them along with a donation…GO Oksana and Rob-GO U.S.A!

Rock the Runway Needs Models

September 3, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rock the Runway Needs Models

Rock the Runway 2012 is near and looking for models and volunteers.

MODELS
Please complete our online casting call registration form and select the casting call you plan to attend. There are two casting call opportunities: Saturday, September 8 and Saturday, September 22. Call times for both are noon – 2:00 p.m.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 12. Rock the Runway is open to middle and high school students only. Click here to view the model rules.

Click Here to Register for a Casting Call

VOLUNTEERS
Not interested in modeling? Make a difference and volunteer! We’re looking for a boutique booth organizer, hair and makeup coordinator and day of volunteers. For more information, contact: Vinnu Kudva, vinnu@eventsdesigner.com or 703-579-1496.

LCSO Investigates Attempted Armed Robbery at Milltown Road Home Thursday Morning

September 3, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Attempted Armed Robbery at Milltown Road Home Thursday Morning
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted armed robbery at a home in the 14200 block of Milltown Road in Lovettsville. Around 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, the homeowner reported that they were awakened by their dogs. The resident discovered an unknown subject inside their home. The suspect brandished a firearm and demanded cash and jewelry. Nothing was taken. The suspect fled the scene on a small cruiser-style motorcycle and traveled southbound on Milltown Road.

The suspect was described as a White male, in his mid-30’s, with shoulder length red hair and red facial hair. He was further described as being 5’8-5’9” tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black t-shirt, dark shorts, and ankle boots at the time of the incident. If you have any information regarding the possible identity of this suspect, you are asked to contact Detective C. Salter of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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