Year in Review

December 26, 2012 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Year in Review
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Happy Holidays and a Review of a Few of the Year’s Important Climate Papers

“Rates of sea level rise reached at least 1.2 m per century during all major episodes of ice-volume reduction.” Grant et al. [1]

Several recent papers have compared the climate projection of the International Panel on Climate change (IPCC) assessments with the subsequent historic record. These include Brysse et al. [2]; Rahmstorf, Foster and Cazenave [3]; and another paper by Frame and Stone [4]. David Frame and Daithi Stone compare the projections from the first assessment report published in 1990, more than 20 years ago, with the climate history to date. They conclude that “the climate is responding to enhanced levels of GHGs in accordance with historical expectations.” Climate in this context is averaged surface temperature. … Continue Reading

The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Christ of Christmas
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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Christian goal is to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas.

God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.” … Continue Reading

Fire at Community Corrections Office Classified as Arson

December 26, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Fire at Community Corrections Office Classified as Arson

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office classified the December 19, 2012 fire at the Community Correction office on Edwards Ferry Road as an attempted arson.

The early morning fire produced minimal damage to the structure and did not impair the day to day functions of the business.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently leading the investigation into the November 14, 2012 fire and the most recent fire on December 19, 2012. The coincidence of the two recent fires is being evaluated, but currently no conclusive link has been made.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the responsible person(s) for the fire(s). Anyone with information should call the Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Purcellville Offers Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Offers Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees (only) for recycling on the first two Wednesday collection days in January 2013 (January 2 and 9). Regular yard waste collection will end on Wednesday December 26, 2012. Do not place yard waste curbside after December 26th. Yard waste collection will start again on March 6, 2013. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for items hidden behind thicker branches or limbs
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • Remove all lighting from trees
  • Remove all twine, metal or plastic ties and string
  • Place trees at the curb on Tuesday night (the night before collection day)
  • Please do not block sidewalks or streets with trees
  • Do not place trees in plastic bags or “Christmas Tree Disposal Bags”
  • Remove stands and bases from trees

Visit the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov under “Resident Information” for further information on Christmas Tree recycling and refuse, yard waste and recycling collection.

Financial Peace University Comes to Purcellville

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns 2 comments
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More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Purcellville at:

Bethany United Methodist Church located at 100 West Main Street in Purcellville. The classes will begin Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Call Chris Durbin at 540-338-7648 for more information or to register. … Continue Reading

Christmas Spirit

December 21, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Christmas Spirit
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As a Town Council Member and a Citizen of Purcellville, I wanted to say Thank You to all of our citizens who decorated their houses for the holidays. As I rode on the Trolley Tour through Purcellville, there were many “oohs” and “aahs” as we rode through the neighborhoods. It really helped to ring in the Christmas Spirit around Town. We saw multiple Mickey Mouse’s, the famous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story” and unbelievable inflatable characters. We were even home to one of those social media sensations that was coordinated to classic holiday music. On a personal note, my family and I drove through Town almost every night during the week to see the arrangements as my kids loved the displays. My 2 year old daughter made us find every inflatable Mickey Mouse in Town.

I would also like to entend my gratitude to the Town staff and Parks & Rec Advisory Board for pulling together the Christmas in Purcellville events. We sometimes forget about those behind the scenes that do the work and want to make sure they know how important they are.

Thank you!

Patrick McConville II
Purcellville
Mr. McConville is a member of the Purcellville Town Council

Leesburg Offers Christmas Tree Recycling to Town Residents

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Offers Christmas Tree Recycling to Town Residents
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The Town of Leesburg’s solid waste collection contractor, CSI, will collect non-artificial Christmas trees from residential customers as part of their regular recycling collection on the following days:

Southeast and Southwest Quadrants
January 3 and January 10

Northeast and Northwest Quadrants
January 4 and January 11

Place Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection and prepare trees for collection using the following guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees, including tinsel, angel hair and fake snow.
  • Remove all lights.
  • Remove all twine, string and metal or plastic ties.
  • Remove stands and bases.
  • Do not place in plastic or “Christmas Tree Disposal” bags.

Before January 3 and after January 11, Christmas trees with a trunk size of less than six inches in diameter will be collected as part of the Town’s regular brush collection. Follow the above guidelines and place trees at curb by Monday evening.

Electrifying Trio Brings Carnegie Hall to The Plains

December 21, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Electrifying Trio Brings Carnegie Hall to The Plains
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The Community Music School of Piedmont will present the phenomenal string trio Time for Three at its 6th Annual Candlelight Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the beautiful ballroom at Barton Oaks in The Plains.

The dynamic trio of classically trained artists defies classification. They perform music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. A typical concert might include the Bach Double, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and a blistering Orange Blossom Special. They will captivate with their stunning virtuosity and their high octane performance from the first note to the last.

Actor Paul Newman said “To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented. If I had been able to create a sound like these kids a few years back, I might have thought twice about going into acting!” They’ve played Carnegie Hall twice and toured worldwide. Their remix and music video of Kanye West’s “Stronger” and its anti-bullying message has inspired young students around the globe to pursue classical music careers. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

December 21, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and Council Members David S. Butler, Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Katie Sheldon Hammler on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony.

Kristen C. Umstattd will be sworn in for her sixth two-year term as the Mayor of Leesburg. Mayor Umstattd was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 1992 and was re-elected to Council in 1996 and 2000. She was named Vice Mayor in 2000 and first elected Mayor in 2002. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mayor Umstattd has been a Leesburg resident since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mayor Umstattd and her husband, Charles Moss, have a joint law practice in the Town of Leesburg. Their daughter, Kendrick, is a sophomore at Loudoun County High School. … Continue Reading

Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy

December 14, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy
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Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding today’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.

“Words fail to express the profound sadness I feel for the families of those who were lost and those who will carry the scars of this tragedy. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Like all Virginians, Anne and I offer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to the community of Newtown.”

Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department Escorts Santa

December 13, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department Escorts Santa

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa around Round Hill on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Santa will visit Stoneleigh, Falls Wood, Lake Point and the Villages South of Route 7 on Saturday. He will visit the Villages North of Route 7 and the Town of Round Hill on Sunday. The RHVFD will be collecting for Toys For Tots and non-perishable food to distribute to the local food banks. Everyone come see Santa!

StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

December 13, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

Do you have the perfect scenario for a crime? Can you baffle your audience with clues and laughter? Are you a Loudoun County teen?

StageCoach Theatre Company is proud to announce its first playwriting competition for teens. This competition is open to all teens 13-19 years old who live or attend school in Loudoun County, VA. StageCoach Theatre Company would like to support budding playwrights and encourage more teens to consider playwriting as a form of creative expression. The winning script will be produced by StageCoach Theatre Company during the Summer of 2013.

Plays must be full-length mystery scripts; murder is optional. All scripts will be read. The top three finalists will be asked to meet with directors and professional actors to discuss their scripts and vision for the play. One script will be selected for production.

A $20 fee should accompany the submitted script. However, that fee will be waived if the playwright or a member of the playwright’s team attends the following workshop: … Continue Reading

Agriculture Secretary to Host Twitter Chat on Emerging Opportunities in Rural America

December 13, 2012 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Agriculture Secretary to Host Twitter Chat on Emerging Opportunities in Rural America

On Monday, December 17, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter to answer questions on the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill.

Secretary Vilsack will answer Twitter queries such as:

  • What are the emerging sectors in agriculture for new farmers and ranchers; where do I find them?
  • In both rural and urban communities, what is the significance of the agricultural sector?
  • I didn’t grow up on a farm. Are there other opportunities in agriculture besides farming that I should know about?

Submit your questions in advance to the @USDA Twitter account using the hashtag #AskUSDA.

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve 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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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