Herons Take Up Residence at Kincora Birds Mark Annual Return to Unique Rookery

March 27, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Herons Take Up Residence at Kincora Birds Mark Annual Return to Unique Rookery
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A large group of area residents, wildlife experts and community business leaders convened at Kincora (corner of routes 7 and 28) this past weekend to mark the annual return of the herons to the Kincora rookery—one of only a few of its kind in the region. “The birds arrive like clockwork each year around the first of March,” explained landowner Mike Scott.

Approximately 60 nests are currently being attended to by the birds that arrive, spend a couple of weeks fixing up their nests and then lay their eggs. Both parents continue to watch the nest and care for the hatchlings. The parents then leave around the first of June and the fledglings venture out on their own. … Continue Reading

“The Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank: Native Plants and Natural Channel Design”

March 27, 2013 by Contributor Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on “The Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank: Native Plants and Natural Channel Design”

Join Loudoun County Master Gardeners at their free monthly lecture series on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rust library, 380 Waterford Road NW, Leesburg.

Mike Rolband, President of Wetland Studies and Solutions in Gainesville, will discuss the creation of the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank, which to date has restored 45,000 linear feet of degraded streams in Reston. His presentation will focus specifically on native planting and restoration techniques that have contributed to the environmental success of this project. Reston is a unique urban space that is home to many species of bird and other wildlife that might have been threatened by the project, but in fact, the project has earned accolades from various conservation groups such as the Northern Virginia Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water ConservationDistrict. Please join us for another interesting talk.

For more information about the lecture or the Loudoun County Master Gardener program, visit www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

Renewal is Here

March 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Renewal is Here

Be inspired! Bring the family and enjoy the showing of Renewal, a documentary that captures the vitality and diversity of today’s religious – environmental activists. The eight stories presented illustrate that from within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth.

Free, open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the film will begin at 7:00. Film is 90 min long. The film is appropriate for Middle and High School students as well as adults, and younger children can enjoy “The Lorax” downstairs (with adult supervision).

This film showing is the second in a Green Film Series sponsored by the UUCL Green Team. For more information, e-mail Natalie Pien at natcpien@verizon.net.

10th District Academy Day Set for April 6

March 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10th District Academy Day Set for April 6

Area students interested in attending one of the nation’s service academies are encouraged to attend the 10th District Academy Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Loudoun County School Board Office in Ashburn, Rep. Wolf (VA-10th) announced.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be in attendance. In addition, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Military Institute and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets have been invited.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with these representatives, as well as participate in panel discussions. … Continue Reading

Mission to Our Home Planet, a Future with No Landfills and Some Fine Music!

March 21, 2013 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Mission to Our Home Planet, a Future with No Landfills and Some Fine Music!
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Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair Energy and Environmental Sustainability Awards Results and Ceremony Announcement

Every year REHAU, Inc. of Leesburg Virginia along with Sustainable Loudoun sponsors four awards for the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The name of the award is the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Award. The presentation ceremony will be on Wednesday April 24 at REHAU’s North America headquarters at 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd. in Leesburg. The students will display their winning projects and be available to discuss them at 6:00 p.m. Between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. entertainment will be provided by the Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) Guitar Quartet sponsored by Sand Energy. The formal program begins at 7:00 p.m. with a talk by NASA astrophysicist Dr. Michelle Thaller. Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick, III, Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools will present the awards. Refreshments will be provided by REHAU. This event is free and open to the public. … Continue Reading

David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

March 21, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that David Keran, of Round Hill, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Keran is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Longwood University.

Keran is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event Seeks Volunteers

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event Seeks Volunteers

On Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Stop Hunger Now will hold its third annual meal-packaging event in Round Hill to be held at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Drive, Round Hill, VA 20141. The event is hosted by Round Hill United Methodist Church. One thousand volunteers are needed to package 150,000 meals. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging events are a fun, hands-on way to make a difference and impact the lives of those suffering from hunger. Each meal costs approximately 25 cents. Monetary donations are also needed.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. … Continue Reading

44th Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 44th Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

Organizers of the 444thANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, to be held September 21 and 22 2013 invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Mountain Streams (e.g. Butcher’s Branch) and Native Plants”. Submitted designs should be rendered simply and with minimal color that can be easily replicated on the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Bluemont Fair publicity.

All artwork should be received on or before May 1, 2013, to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. Individuals requesting return of their submission should also include a self-addressed, stamped mailing receptacle.

Winner will be announced in mid-May. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.org.

Veterans Offered Full Scholarship and Support To Hike the Iconic Appalachian Trail

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Veterans Offered Full Scholarship and Support To Hike the Iconic Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in partnership with Warrior Hike, Operation Military Embrace, the Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, has launched a new initiative called the “Walk Off the War” program. This program will provide 13 military veterans the opportunity to reconnect with the United States in a uniquely physical and psychological way – a fully funded scholarship to hike the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

The objective of this program is to provide these veterans a self-directed, self-paced journey along the A.T. Hiking the Trail provides the opportunity to eliminate the negative effects of the war, through walking in nature, engaging with other hikers and experiencing the hospitality of the Trail towns along the A.T. In the end, the goal is to return these soldiers back into civilian society with the greatest opportunity for success in their personal and professional lives. … Continue Reading

An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

Robbie Limon brings his stage and music presentation of “An Evening with Buddy Holly” to the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, March 23 , at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and & &17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Spend the evening with Buddy Holly as he rehearses his band for the 1958 Winter Dance Party tour of mid-western States. This show features over 20 songs recorded during 1956-1958 and all are performed live and ‘in-person’. You can ask questions about Buddy’s career, his music, and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life that has been described as eighteen months of fame and generations of influence. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Business Awards Seeks Nominations

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Business Awards Seeks Nominations

Nominations for the Town of Leesburg’s 12th Annual Business Appreciation Awards are being accepted for outstanding business practices as the apply to one of the 10 award categories:

  • Ambassador Award
  • Community Steward Award
  • Environmental Award
  • Heritage Award
  • Home-Based Business Award
  • Innovations Award
  • New Business Award
  • Public Art Award
  • Veterans Affairs Award
  • The George C. Marshall Award

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Purcellville Police Blotter for week of 3/2/13 – 3/8/13

March 18, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter for week of 3/2/13 – 3/8/13
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3/2/13 – 11:49 p.m. – 600 block of Kinvarra Pl. – Nonviolent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
3/2/13 – 10:38 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th St. – Public Intoxication – Debora C. Shipman-White age 54 of Purcellville was arrested.
3/4/13 – 12:07 p.m. – 700 block of Pipers Ln. – Identity Theft – Victim reports that some stole their information and then used it to access their accounts.
3/4/13 – 8:15 a.m. – 105 Purcellville Gateway Dr. – Disorderly Conduct – Hosni E. Parada-Cruz age 31 was charged.
3/5/13 – 1:30 a.m. – Hirst Rd. / Hatcher Ave. – Liquor Law Violations – Cody N. Cunningham age 18 of Purcellville, Jared M. Martin age 19 and William N. Martin age 19 both of Hamilton were charged.
3/5/13 – 1:30 p.m. – 800 block of Holly Ave. – Burglary / Breaking & Entering – Victim reports that unknown person(s) entered the house and stole property. Loss valued at $1500.00.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Selects Community Ambassadors

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Appalachian Trail Conservancy Selects Community Ambassadors

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has selected five Appalachian Trail Community™ Ambassadors for the state of Virginia. J.D. Hibbitts has been selected to serve as the volunteer ambassador of Damascus, Diana Billips will serve as the ambassador to Bland County, Tim Miller will serve as the ambassador to Troutville, Jennifer Keck will serve as the ambassador to Luray and Page County and Alyson Browett will serve as the ambassador to Front Royal and Warren County. Each will serve as a community liaison to the ATC and their respective local volunteer clubs to encourage volunteerism and stewardship of the Trail at the local level. This year there are 17 ambassadors serving 15 different communities along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). … Continue Reading

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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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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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