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George Allen Statement on Election Results

November 7, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on George Allen Statement on Election Results
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George Allen released the following statement in response to the November 2012 election results:

“Tonight, after a hard-fought contest, we have been reminded how closely divided our state is politically. I am still glad we got off the sidelines and into the fight in this pivotal election – advocating for the voices of Virginians. I want to thank God for the love of my life, Susan, who worked tirelessly throughout the Commonwealth to share our positive message for America’s Comeback. And I thank God for our wonderful children—Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. We have never worked harder to motivate and inspire people for specific reforms to restore the American Dream. And thank you to the thousands of energetic volunteers throughout Virginia who gave their time, talents and treasure to support our cause. … Continue Reading

Yes to Allen, No to Kaine

November 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Yes to Allen, No to Kaine

America is in danger. We face unprecedented loss of liberty, weakened national security, ignored Constitutional firewalls, and an European fiscal future. My children will inherit a severely weakened country; and her future is more uncertain than ever.

The Senate election is just as critical as the Presidency; and my family’s choice is George Allen. Tim Kaine is an extreme Leftist/Progressive, albeit with a smooth Clintonian style. Electing him is asking for six years of Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s policies and tactics. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Vote

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Psychology of Your Vote
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
Ashburn Psychological Services

Polls show President Barak Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck and neck in their race for the presidency. And with the election just days away, both gentlemen are working hard to secure your vote and a victory. The economy. Obamacare. Foreign policy. Medicare. Education. Social Security. But what if these political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control? What if the vote you cast on November 6 turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours? Scientific research over the past several years has revealed some fascinating findings regarding the intersection between our biology and neurology and the way we vote. … Continue Reading

Virginians’ Push For Property Rights

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Virginians’ Push For Property Rights

By Wayne F. Pryor

As county Farm Bureaus began holding this year’s annual meetings and picnics, their leaders began reminding members about the property rights referendum that will be on the November 6 ballot.

It’s a proposed amendment to Virginia’s constitution that would protect your land from eminent domain abuse, and many of our producer members are very familiar with it. A year ago, they signed nearly 14,000 postcards to their state legislators in support of the amendment.

That was a tremendous – if not surprising – effort, but the Farm Bureau won’t be finished working on getting this amendment passed until Election Day.

Your Farm Bureau organization has spent years building support for this amendment and shepherding it through two successive sessions of the state legislature. While it received bipartisan support, the ultimate decision will be made by Virginia’s voters. … Continue Reading

Town Elections Marked by Spirited Sign Contest, Write-in Campaigns

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Town of Lovettsville saw a remarkable 38.24 percent turnout in the May 1 election, sweeping into office the “Friends of Lovettsville” slate of Robert Zoldos, Rodney Gray, James McIntyre and Michael Senate. The spirited coordinated campaign utilized a Facebook page and homemade yard sign contest to reach and energize voters, a strategy seen in the overwhelming presence of hand-lettered red signs throughout the town.

Purcellville resident Kelli Grim, despite entering the race as a write-in candidate for Mayor a mere five days before the election, garnered 271 votes to incumbent Robert Lazaro’s 571. Write-in candidates for Town Council seats are not reported individually in the unofficial results.

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Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate
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Purcellville resident and business owner Kelli Grim announced today that she has decided to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor.

“My decision to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor came late because my commitment to my community prevents me from allowing Mayor Lazaro to run unopposed again. There are many critical issues facing residents that jeopardize our quality of life, and I want to make a difference.

I am not funded or supported by any special interest groups or developers. It has always been my sincere intention to bring multiple views forward for discussion that would protect the existing residents and business owners. I found myself lied about and criticized by this current administration. In a democracy everyone should feel comfortable to voice their concerns and ask tough questions without the fear of retaliation, and this is the kind of leadership I will bring to the Town of Purcellville.”

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Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Feature, News Comments Off on Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns
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Since Monday, two more Purcellville residents have joined Bill Conover in launching write-in campaigns for Town offices: Mary Beth Barbagallo has announced her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council, while Kelli Grim will be challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Lazaro.

The write-in candidates are hosting two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:

  • Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
  • Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Democrats Gather

January 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Democrats Gather
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The Loudoun Democrats showed up in record numbers on Saturday January 7,2012 for their bi-annual re-organization meeting. So many Democrats showed up at the Lansdowne Conference Center that the basic membership had to be increased to include them all.

Outgoing Chairman Mike Turner handed over his gavel with an unbowed and unapologetic challenge to the many voters who, for whatever reason, did not come out to vote on election day. He warned that they may soon be forced “to recognize the nightmare they have created for this county.” Of the Republicans who now control the Board of Supervisors outright, he said, “They now have no one to blame but themselves” and he promised that the Democrats will “as the rational, mature adults in the room” carefully monitor their actions “and be a voice on behalf of all the people of Loudoun.” Foremost among the concerns voiced was protection of the current zoning ordinances and the rural economy of Western Loudoun, particularly the endangered transition zone between West and East.

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Wolf Kicks Off Campaign

January 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Wolf Kicks Off Campaign
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) will kick off his 2012 re-election campaign at his biennial “Birthday Party” celebration on January 26 at the Washington Dulles Airport Hilton.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $30 each. To make reservations, contact the Wolf for Congress Committee at 703-817-9691. Every Wolf for Congress event in 2012 the campaign will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food for local food banks and pantries.

Wolf, the most senior of Virginia’s 11 members of Congress, has been involved in nearly every major transportation initiative in northern Virginia over the last 30 years, including reducing HOV restrictions on I-66 and getting the full funding to complete the original 103-mile Metrorail system. He played a key role in securing the funding to replace the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and has been the driving force behind the effort to extend rail to Dulles airport and Loudoun County. He also pushed for the additional westbound lane on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway, which is now open, and worked to permanently open the Monument Avenue and Stringfellow Road slip ramps on I-66. In addition, he continues to draw attention to the high tolls on the Dulles Greenway and is a vocal proponent for distance pricing on the road.

Wolf also has worked to protect the region from violent gangs, to increase awareness about the risks of Lyme disease and to keep the shelves of area food banks and pantries stocked.

Over the last six years Wolf has been widely recognized for his role in focusing attention on getting the nation’s fiscal house in order. In addition, Wolf is often praised for his record on speaking out for human rights abuses around the globe and is the co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House.

Wolf was re-elected in 2010 with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

Where the Race Stands

October 7, 2011 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on Where the Race Stands
Debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, 1960. Until we know who the 2012 candidates are, this vintage photo will have to do.

The Republican debate that was held on September 12 revealed many things as to what is developing in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Michele Bachmann, who was first in the straw polls in Iowa, is losing momentum and knows it, Ron Paul has been doing well in his race and fares nicely with the public, Mitt Romney seems like the most significant threat to Rick Perry’s current lead in the opinion polls, and the public has seen how Rick Perry defends his views when questioned about them. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015

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Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

6 May 2015

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There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at …

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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

Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015

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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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June 2015
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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis & Caleb Nei

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Harp Ensemble: Out of the Silence

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Connor Duffy Live at North Gate Vineyard

Circle Unbroken, The Gullah Journey from Africa to America

Harp Ensemble: Out of the Silence

The opera "Adriana Lecouvreur" performed at North Gate Vineyard

Circle Unbroken, The Gullah Journey from Africa to America

Circle Unbroken, The Gullah Journey from Africa to America

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Loudoun Symphonic Winds

Loudoun Symphonic Winds

Gallery Coffeehouse: Readers Theater, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

Gallery Coffeehouse: Readers Theater, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Woodgrove Class of 2015 Baccalaureate

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Six Self-Promotion Strategies to Attract More Ideal Clients

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Last Ham Standing

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10th Annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Father’s Day at North Gate Vineyard: Oysters & Live Music!

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

June Fourth Fridays at Breaux

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

Creative Movement for Children (Ages 7-10)

Dance Improvisation for Tweens (Ages 11-13)

Ken Wenzel Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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MAIN STREET THEATER: AristoCats

Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

MAIN STREET THEATER: AristoCats

Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Garden Party

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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

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Lifestyle

Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

18 Jun 2015

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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s …

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Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

12 Jun 2015

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Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse …

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Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27

12 Jun 2015

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Loudoun residents are invited to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding. Loudoun residents are welcome to bring Household Hazardous Waste from their homes to these events. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint …

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Wild Loudoun

Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star

3 Jun 2015

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It’s hard to say what you noticed first. The cool blue streak of color. The piecing cry – a sharp rattle – here one second and gone the next. The splashy exit as a very spirited bird made off with a very unlucky fish. These are the behaviors, sights and sounds of the belted kingfisher, one of our local waterways’ …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

6 May 2015

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Sarah's Closet

Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015

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By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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Letters

Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

Bob Ohneiser

I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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