Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

May 30, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder
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A four day trial ended late Thursday afternoon with the Hon. Judge Jeanette A. Irby finding Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 52, guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the 2014 murder of his wife, Ruby Forde.

On the morning of of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland and headed to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn, Virginia. Mrs. Forde arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister would travel to a nearby airport to catch a flight bound for Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun. After the killing, Forde called 9-1-1 and advised there had been a shooting and abruptly hung up. Through the use of cell phone records, the couple was located, and law enforcement and fire and rescue were summoned to the scene where they discovered Mrs. Forde’s body slumped over in the passenger seat of their vehicle. Mr. Forde sat quietly on the ground nearby. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

May 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner
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The day will begin with the third running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – a ½ mile run for K-third grades, a one mile race for fourth and fifth graders and a two mile race for middle school students. The race is sponsored by Craftsmark Homes and Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, Lowry’s Crab Shack, the Blue Ridge Leader and The Natural Merchantile. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Town of Hamilton web site at: www.town.hamilton.va.us and dropped off at the Town office or walk up registration the day of the race. … Continue Reading

Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

May 30, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents
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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

May 27, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016
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05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

May 27, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement
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The former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Russell Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn was indicted on May 15 by a Loudoun County Grand Jury for felony embezzlement. The information came to light in March 2016 after unauthorized charges were discovered in the association’s financial records.

The monies were embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as the president of the PTA.

Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

May 25, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer
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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26.

Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park. … Continue Reading

160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone

May 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone
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Over 160 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug naloxone to help counteract the effects of an opioid in an overdose. Additional patrol deputies recently were trained to administer the drug as part of a pilot project through Purdue Pharma and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The project provides the drug to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office through a $350,000 grant.

Nationally, deaths from opioid overdoses have risen significantly since 2012, and Loudoun County is no exception. As of May 16, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has responded to 46 suspected opioid overdoses this year with 13 of those overdoses being fatal, the majority of which were believed to be heroin (pending toxicology). … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25

May 23, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall will deliver a first-of-its-kind State of the County address to the public on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, which is located in the Loudoun County Government Center (1 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg).

Following her first 100 days in office, which included the adoption of the county’s $2.46 billion fiscal year 2017 budget, Chair Randall will update Loudoun County residents about broad range of county business. … Continue Reading

16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

May 23, 2016 Feature Comments Off on 16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School
Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet
Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our career personnel from the third Officer Development School. These 16 men and women attended the comprehensive two-week academy from May 5 thru May 18, at the Oliver Robert Dubé Fire-Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg.

The Department’s senior staff members worked alongside seasoned company officers to design a program to teach important aspects of both leadership and management. This intensive, two-week training platform focuses on developing all aspects of a company officer’s role through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. They will develop their skills not only as tacticians, but also as mentors, cultivating, and growing department personnel. The program utilized departmental instructors, as well as presenters from outside LCFREM and the fire service as a whole.

The graduation ceremony was emceed by James Williams, Deputy Chief, who played a key role in the development and administration of the program. The Chief of the System, W. Keith Brower, Jr. and Mr. Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, each delivered remarks to the graduates and also presented the graduation certificates to each officer with Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia.

Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton

Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet
Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 12, 2016

May 20, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 12, 2016
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05/12/2016 – 09:53 a.m. 100 Blk. Positano Ct. Fraud
The victim reported that he had been notified by mail that he had won a sweepstakes and had won several thousands of dollars and had to pay taxes on his winnings. He sent several thousands of dollars before he realized he had been scammed. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

May 20, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville
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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation. The June 5 recital will kick off a new monthly musical series in Purcellville, Sunday Concerts at St. Andrew: Music With A Cause. In addition to providing an excellent, eclectic variety of music, these concerts, with Ganz as their artistic director, will benefit local charitable organizations. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332. … Continue Reading

Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

May 20, 2016 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29
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– By Mark Gunderman

Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful approach in which they can also display a love for their neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to the community. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine

May 20, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine
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The Town of Purcellville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board announces that the Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field. Despite the weeks of wet weather and the anticipation of rain overnight Friday, this exciting event will continue as scheduled and we look forward to a great day of music, art, and supporting local vendors. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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

Choosing To Forgive

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

Five Key Retirement Questions

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

Work Woes

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

Joy or Suffering

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

Wage Radio

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

Speaking Truth to Power

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

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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

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

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

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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

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Protecting Free Speech

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

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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

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