January Sushi

January 6, 2015 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on January Sushi
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A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Keyes Gap

January 6, 2015 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Keyes Gap
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This is a place I have seen in all weathers, in all seasons and under a variety of circumstances: It’s not a location I’d send a friend (or just about anyone else) during anything like inclement weather, as the local microclimate at that particular spot can be almost otherworldly. But, on a sunny, summery day, it’s a destination for many travelers – whether they seek high adventure or merely a nice view from the car. Keyes Gap (at the Western Loudoun Border on Rt. 9 – Charles Town Pike) stands just over 900 feet above sea level (compare that to just over 340 feet for good, old Leesburg), and the nature of the ‘pass’ through the Blue Ridge Mountains can bring the nearly constant breeze to the ‘howling wind’ stage – not something you’d relish, say, during a snow- or ice-storm.

One of the rural mail routes out of the Purcellville Post Office takes the carrier up to that spot, then back down the mountain to more sheltered areas and neighborhoods. It’s always a pleasure (for me, at least) to attain that elevation, get a quick glimpse of Charles Town and surrounding West Virginia hundreds of feet below, and then turn around and resume delivery on the downslope for the rest of the day’s travails. … Continue Reading

See a Skunk Doing a Handstand? Run.

January 6, 2015 Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on See a Skunk Doing a Handstand? Run.
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Skunks and humans have something in common: they don’t want to be near us and we don’t want to be near them.

With their bold and dramatic markings, if they weren’t so darn smelly – and for that reason, scary – we might actually consider them to be a quite the handsome/pretty member of our local wildlife community. But, only one bad encounter with a skunk makes for one perfectly clear message … don’t go there!

Skunk Varieties

Worldwide, there are eleven species of skunk, nine of which are found in our western hemisphere. … Continue Reading

It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy
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By Sarah Nearis

It’s 2015. A time for renewal, a time to take a fresh look at that thing called “your wardrobe.”

Many women don’t see the things in their closet as a wardrobe. But, they do know how their clothes, shoes and accessories make them feel. It’s OK to miss the mark once in a while. But, they want to go for that good feeling – something on their body that allows them to enjoy the moment by making a good impression, on themselves.

So, as you begin the New Year, consider this novel idea – shop your own closet. Set aside some time took through it just like you were stepping into your own personal boutique. Select the things that work, that make you feel good, and discard the rest. … Continue Reading

Nichols Celebrates 100th Anniversary

January 6, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Nichols Celebrates 100th Anniversary
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On Saturday December 13 family, friends, fellow Purcellville businesses and customers celebrated Nichols 100th anniversary. Nichols Hardware Store has been in business and in the same location for 100 years now. A big thanks goes out to Re-Love It Consignment Shop’s Michael Oaks and Kim Patterson-Oaks for helping to organize the celebration. Local photographer Sarah Huntington of Lincoln Studios was in attendance taking great pictures – and had the documentary film by Lincoln Studios on sale along with colorful tote bags with one of her pictures of the Nichols Hardware community. Lori Connelly-De Franco spent over a weeks work designing and making the float – which was a small model of the store. The large cake was made by Joy Greenly who owns Joys Dream Bakery of Purcellville. It was delicious and enjoyed by everyone.
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Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center

January 6, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center
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Melissa Eom, Class of 2016 and Saketh Vellanki, Class of 2015 at Middleburg Academy have been accepted to the NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Aerospace program which started November 28, 2014. Melissa and Saketh will be participating in an online aerospace engineering course from November 2014 to May 2015. Upon successful completion of the program, Melissa and Saketh could be accepted into an on-site summer research opportunity at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Another student at the Academy, Niketh Vellanki, Saketh’s younger brother, Class of 2017 has been accepted into the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program that focuses on science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  The program features a dynamic online STEM learning experience in five modules and a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. where scholars learn first-hand form NASA professionals.

With the Name “Hammer,” He Was Born To Be a Deputy

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

One could say Bill was born to be a Sheriff’s deputy. With a name like Shellhammer, how could he not have been predestined to live a life laying down the law?

Purcellville resident William “Bill” P. Shellhammer died in his home December 16, aged 80. He was a retired Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy, a former Vienna Police Department deputy and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War.
These days, if a Sheriff’s Deputy knows you by name it indicates that you are a delinquent or a malefactor who is up to no good. In Shellhammer’s heyday, however, it was a mark of his sharpness of mind. … Continue Reading

Coping with the Post-Holiday Blues

January 6, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Coping with the Post-Holiday Blues
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

The holidays are over and a new year has just begun. For many this is a time of joy and rejuvenation, but for many others, this time of year can be very difficult. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as “The Winter Blues” or “Winter Depression,” is a type of depression that affects over 10 million Americans each year. And research has shown that 10 to 20 percent of folks may struggle with a milder form of SAD.

SAD is a depression that occurs based on seasons; symptoms for the winter variant begin in the fall and dissipate by spring. Women are impacted more than men, and the condition typically begins around 20. SAD symptoms include: Weight gain, oversleeping, having an increased craving for carbohydrates, irritability, having an increased sensitivity for rejection, sadness, anxiety, fatigue/low energy, having an overall sense of heaviness in the arms and legs, oversleeping and lethargy. … Continue Reading

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Planning Your Will

January 6, 2015 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Planning Your Will
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By Amy and Dan Smith

A will is a highly protected form of writing. The requirements for a valid will must not be casually regarded. With rare exception in Virginia, only the original of a will – not a copy – may be admitted to probate. To be admitted to probate a will must (1) be in writing, (2) signed by the testator (the person making the will) and (3) signed by two competent witnesses who were both present with the testator either to watch him sign it or to hear him acknowledge his signature. There is a popularly known exception for a will, which is entirely in the handwriting of the testator, called a “holographic” will. However, it is dangerous to rely on this exception because it is very narrowly applied by the courts.

The requisite formalities may not be strictly applied to wills made by persons in military service. Wills made by a person deemed of “unsound mind” or by a minor are not valid. … Continue Reading

2015: A Year for Looking Forward

January 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2015: A Year for Looking Forward
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By Hannah Hager
It wasn’t on the same scale as the famed ball drop in New York City’s Time Square, but Loudoun had its own New Year’s celebratory Town Square – Lovettsville’s Berserkle in the Squirkle. Loudouners across the county ushered in the New Year with great enthusiasm and varying displays of celebration. And there’s much to celebrate as 2015 holds great promise as western Loudoun continues to take shape as one of the best counties in the nation. From family comedy shows at Franklin Park’s Center for the Arts to Lovettsville’s Berserkle in the Squirkle, we truly know how to bid Auld Lang Syne. Here’s a look at how some of you marked the occasion.

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More than 100 people attended Lovettsville’s Third Annual Berserkle in the Squirkle, which kicked off with a 5K Family Fun Run on the Town Square, which is affectionately and colloquially referred to as the Squirkle. Participants wore creative gear, costumes or tricked out their strollers and prizes were awarded for funniest hat, best costume, best decorated stroller, best dressed dog, wildest hair, most serious runner and best family costume. The event was hosted by the town’s “We’re in Lovettsville Business and Tourism Committee”  with vendors on pit row including the Lovettsville Lions Club, Lovettsville Game Protective Association, Donald Peyman Realtor, Lizzy Fontaine/Thirty One, Coalition to Salute American’s Heroes, Heather’s Kids, and the Lovettsville Library. Throughout the race, participants were selected at random to receive prizes that had been “re-gifted” from other participants.  Examples included a pair of pink socks, color by numbers, a pink LED flashlight, a can of soup, a box of chocolates, and a chalkboard horse statue. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement
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How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe

January 6, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe
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Loudoun County officials remind everyone that the cold and snowy weather conditions we are experiencing can bring treacherous roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. There are precautions you can take to stay safe:

  • Remember the phrase; “Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.”
  • If roads are icy, do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use extreme caution when driving. You may not be able to stop as quickly as usual on the snow-covered or wet pavement.
  • If sidewalks are icy, take short steps and bend slightly.
  • If you fall, avoid using your arms to protect against breaks.

… Continue Reading

Suspect Involved in Domestic-Related Incident Rams Vehicle into Cruiser

January 4, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect Involved in Domestic-Related Incident Rams Vehicle into Cruiser
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Deputy Fired Single shot before Taking Suspect into Custody

A suspect is in custody after a domestic-related incident where the man purposely rammed a stolen vehicle into a deputy in a Sheriff’s Office cruiser. As the suspect began to drive towards the deputy a second time, the deputy discharged a round at the vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody unharmed.

A Sheriff’s Deputy was initially called to a residence in the area of Newlin Mill Road near Unison shortly before 11:00 a.m. on January 3 for a domestic-related argument. The male subject, who was no longer at the residence upon the arrival of the deputy, was advised to not return to the home or he would be trespassed. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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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Calendar

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

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 …

Op-ed

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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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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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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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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