Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager

November 30, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager
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Town of Leesburg officials announced today that Karen Dilley has been hired as the Town’s new Human Resources Manager. Ms. Dilley will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of current Human Resources Director Nancy Fixx. She will start with the Town on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Karen Dilley has ten years of Human Resources experience in a variety of industries, including local government, manufacturing and the non-profit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Michigan State University. A native of Michigan, Ms. Dilley moved to Northern Virginia in late 2010. She resides in Ashburn with her husband and two children. … Continue Reading

New Auction Company Launches

November 30, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on New Auction Company Launches
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Savvy Buyers and Motivated Sellers Come Together in Lively and Entertaining Shopping Event

Auctions on Main, a live auction company in downtown Purcellville, is now accepting consignments for their Grand Opening auction, beginning 2013. For the home or business with unused items, or those looking to furnish or equip their place, auctions are the perfect solution for buyers and sellers.

Buyers can find bargains on previously owned items, all under one roof. Auctions sell just about anything­– one never knows what unique item will be discovered. Buyers can also browse a photo gallery online, which features many of the items being auctioned that week.

Sellers eliminate the hassle of selling through the classifieds. Auctions on Main does all the advertising, qualifies the buyer, sells the item and processes the funds. Most importantly, sellers preserve their privacy and save time in finding potential buyers. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

November 30, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University
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The following Loudoun Valley high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Steffanie May plans to major in Elementary Education.

Connor Chiles plans to major in Marine Science.

Morgan Hammer plans to major in Psychology.

Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

November 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

The Round Hill community will celebrate “Holidays in Round Hill” on Saturday, December 8, with an array of activities.

On Saturday afternoon, the Round Hill Arts Center will offer a special block-printed holiday card workshop with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. The workshop runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is appropriate for children ages eight and up. The workshop costs $40, which includes materials for 20 cards. The Round Hill Arts Center is located in the Hill High Orchards complex on Route 7 just west of Round Hill. Register by calling 540-338-5022 or visiting www.roundhillartscenter.org. While at Hill High, be sure to visit the Country Store and the Gateway Gallery for unique locally produced gifts, and leave time to enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire at Bogati Bodega. … Continue Reading

Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning

November 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning
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“The great bug study had begun in our classroom. The students began creating their scientific drawings with paper and pencil and were getting frustrated with erasing; Aha!”

This is a quote from Loudoun Country Day School kindergarten teacher Angie Cross as she presented for the third time at the largest gathering of early childhood educators in the world, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 7-10. She specifically talked about how she and her students have not only learned how to integrate iPads into their daily learning in the classroom, but they use it side-by-side with traditional approaches, creating a learning environment that is unique to this age group and built on the success of combined approaches. … Continue Reading

County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

November 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold informational sessions for the public regarding two special exception applications for lights at Byrne’s Ridge Park and the Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site.

Byrne’s Ridge Park is located at 24915 Mineral Springs Circle in Aldie. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, in the auditorium of Mercer Middle School, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie.

The Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site is located at 22389 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, in the auditorium of the National Recreation & Park Association, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn.

For more information, contact prcs@loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0343.

How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?

November 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?
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Dr. Mike,
My son’s principal, Ms. Kathleen Hwang, of Sanders Corner Elementary School was killed this past week when she was hit by a car while crossing the street. We told our son about the news, and he is very upset. He is so upset that he doesn’t want to return to school on Monday. Do you have an advice on how to get us through this difficult time?
L in Loudoun County

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Balch Library to Host Booksigning

November 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Balch Library to Host Booksigning

The Thomas Balch Library will host a book signing for Gale Waldron and Sarah Huntington, author and photographer of “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun” on Saturday, December 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Originally published in 2002, the book was recently reprinted as a 10th Anniversary edition and is now on sale.

In Their Own Words, which debuted in 2002, is a close up look at Loudoun’s past as told through 32 personal vignettes. Waldron, founder and editor of the former Loudoun ART magazine, and local award-winning photographer Huntington began working on the idea for Loudoun ART magazine, meeting with people in all areas of the county to collect their stories of earlier times.

For more information, call 703-771-0127 or 540-338-7809.

BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

November 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

The BoS should vote against moving the Assessor function to the Commissioner of Revenue (CoR) office. Eight points to consider:

  1. The prior County Assessor was selected via a nationwide executive search. He was highly qualified and effective. During his seven years of service, he brought assessments and related programs into compliance with the State and local mandates. The office was professionally managed and restructured under strong, independent, leadership. During the Government Reform Commission (GRC) interview, the CoR couldn’t recall his office budget. He said, “I knew you were going to ask that question,” and deferred to staff. Does the current CoR have the qualifications, management expertise, licenses, or certifications to function as the County Assessor? … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012

November 24, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012
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11/17/12 – 11:24 p.m. – West A St. / Sturbridge Ct. – Simple Assault & Disorderly Conduct – Victim states an adult male attacked him at the stop sign, accusing him of speeding on A Street. Investigation continues.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt. 287 – DUI / Obstruction of Justice – Marlon Erne Martinez-Castillo age 21 of no fixed address was arrested.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt.287 – Public Intoxication / Obstruction of Justice – Perez Javier Figueroa age 30 of Leesburg, Va. was arrested.
11/18/12 – 9:20 a.m. – 300 block of S. 20th St. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
11/18/12 – 6:00 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th t – Larceny – Victim reports their bicycle was stolen. Loss valued at $100.00.
11/19/12 – 12:15 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that someone scratched their vehicle and broke a vent cover. Damage valued at $500.00.

Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”

November 24, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”
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During the first week of December, the Leesburg Police Department, in partnership with the Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department’s R.O.C.K. Program, will make this Christmas a little brighter for some of Leesburg’s neediest children.

Each child who participates will be paired up with a uniformed Leesburg police officer and will be given $200 to spend on Christmas gifts. “Holiday With The
Cops” will start with dinner for the children and their “shopping buddies” at the Leesburg Police Department. After dinner, the police officers will escort
the children to Target, where they will be able to shop to their hearts’ content. In the past, many children have purchased gifts for family members and
necessary household items. One child even bought a Christmas tree for his family! Once the children have finished their shopping, volunteers from Leesburg Police Explorer Post # 1041 and Leesburg Police Citizen Support Team as well as Leesburg Police Department dispatchers and staff will help the children wrap their gifts. Members from the Leesburg National Guard Armory will then help transport all the gifts home for the kids. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents

November 24, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will begin a series of courses called Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know. This two part course will help introduce parents to basic Internet safety as well as some advanced techniques to help keep their children safe while online and using technology. Be advised that these are PARENT ONLY CLASSES due to GRAPHIC CONTENT.

Internet Safety is a common topic of discussion for today’s parents and in some cases can be a source of anxiety. With technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, it can be hard for parents to keep up let alone catch up. Topics that will be discussed: Social Networking, Sexting/Texting, Cell Phone Technology and Features, Laptops vs. Desk Top PC’s, Current Trends, Predatory Behaviors, PC and Console Gaming, and Monitoring Techniques. Below is a list of the upcoming Internet safety courses being taught by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Adult Crime Prevention Unit: … Continue Reading

LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands

November 24, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands
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By Mark Gunderman

Friday, November 16, was an extremely busy day as volunteers were sorting food and clothing and tweets were going out seeking additional food items. Facebook was updated with requests for more volunteers to help. On Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. LINK was ready to receive the first of our 800 plus families.

When the day ended shortly after 4:00 p.m., LINK and our volunteers served 801 families (4,300 people comprising 2,066 adults and 2,234 children) food to last five – seven days, fresh produce and meat from Capital Area Food Bank. Volunteers made direct deliveries to 11 homebound families.

$21,930 was distributed in grocery card gift cards. 1,592 winter coats, 1,748 pairs of gloves and winter hats and 1,035 scarves and other winter items were distributed to 320 grateful families. … 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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Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Willie White returns to North Gate Vineyard

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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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Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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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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