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Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7

November 18, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7
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The Bluemont Mill Train Station will be holding an Annual Holiday Open House on December 7, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All are invited to explore the Train Station Museum, featuring an antique train set and Bluemont Village, enjoy an arrowhead exhibit courtesy of Ralph Cochran, meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and browse participating holiday shopping vendors.

“Santa Cares” will also be accepting food donations during the event. Help feed our hungry for Christmas!

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Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

July 17, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg
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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street.

Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-in-Education program in area schools. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. As at all Bluemont concerts, pets, alcohol or smoking are not allowed. In bad weather, concerts will be held indoors at the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, located at The Hill School, 130 South Madison Street in Middleburg. … Continue Reading

Wounded Warrior Retreat Opens

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Wounded Warrior Retreat Opens
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Boulder Crest Retreat had its grand opening on September 6. The 37-acre retreat in Bluemont will provide private accommodations and recreational and healing activities and resources to 250-500 military families each year.

The project was initiated over the kitchen table between Ken Falke and his wife, Julia, in 2007. The Falkes have a guest house on their property that they used to invite a few wounded military personnel and their families to come and stay and relax.  The guest house proved to be incompatible with the needs of their guests, which prompted their idea to take 37.5 acres of their farm and build the retreat. The retreat will be for any and all wounded warriors and their families.  The hope is that families will come for short couple of days to a week and enjoy the realization of the seclusion and a break from daily stress and routines.

The retreat was built from scratch with volunteers performing the sweat and labor. Donations include everything from major appliances and building materials to quilts and handmade furniture.

For more information on this project, go to ?http://bouldercrestretreat.org/.

Historic Village Prepares for Bluemont Fair

September 8, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Historic Village Prepares for Bluemont Fair
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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County is preparing for the 44th Annual Bluemont Fair, September 21 and 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Admission is only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the the beautifully renoated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Mountain Streams and Native Plants” was created by Bluemont’s own Anna Small Billman. Her winning design suggests Butcher’s Branch, the stream that runs through the village, surrounding examples of native plants found in Bluemont and environs. The logo can be found on the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia. … Continue Reading

Bluemont BBQ Bash Celebrates National BBQ Champs & Rising Backyard Stars

July 10, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont BBQ Bash Celebrates National BBQ Champs & Rising Backyard Stars
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The third annual Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza hosted by Great Country Farms on July 26-28 has quickly become a key step toward national prominence for BBQ enthusiasts and their fans. This official KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) State Certified BBQ Competition is one of only a few Virginia events where competitors can qualify for the top national contests. Friends and fans can purchase tokens to preside at the People’s Choice Tasters Competition which donates the proceeds to the newly opened Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. Up and coming Pit Masters can learn the ropes of competing KCBS Style on Sunday, July 28 at the Backyard BBQ Competition. New competitor Kenny Jenkins notes, “This event attracts some of the top contenders in the US but everyone is extremely welcoming to newcomers. The judges and contenders share their experience and the Farm provides a beautiful setting and fun for the kids.” … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

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Fog-shrouded hillsides, historic landmarks, roads built upon ski-slope grades, and a peaceful calm seldom found in most of our 21st Century Loudoun County: all this- – just a few seconds away from the high-velocity traffic of Route Seven. I imagine that if there’s a perfect spot in which to read a spooky novel (my choice would be Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in these parts- you could do far worse than a little crows-nest bedroom in one of the houses perched on the ladder-like geography of Bluemont. … Continue Reading

43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 24, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design
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Organizers of the 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 15 and 16 2012 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 “Old Time Country Fair”, incorporating scenes of Bluemont’s historic buildings, such as the old stone church.

Submitted designs should be rendered simply 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 submitted by May 1 to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.com .

Bluemont Dance to Feature The Fugitive Hedgehogs

January 14, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Dance to Feature The Fugitive Hedgehogs

Bluemont will hold its second of six old-time country dances on Saturday, January 21st at the Hillsboro Old Stone School. The dance will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a workshop for new and inexperienced dancers starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors. Bring something special for the potluck refreshments (homemade cakes, brownies or other goodies) to share at intermission. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, near the intersection of Charles Town Pike and Route 690. For detailed instructions go to the Bluemont website, www.bluemont.org. … Continue Reading

42nd Annual Bluemont Fair

September 24, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on 42nd Annual Bluemont Fair


42nd Annual Bluemont Fair – September 17 and 18 in the village of Bluemont

Celebrate Winter at Bluemont

December 9, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Our Towns, Vineyards Comments Off on Celebrate Winter at Bluemont

Come on out to share a glass of wine with Celtic music and friends on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bluemont Vineyards. Bottles of local wine and a gift shop will be available for last minute shopping if your Santa chores are not completely done by that point.

Gina, Ray, Mike and Stuart will be playing Celtic tunes for your enjoyment, and of course, there will be a few songs to celebrate the Winter Solstice and Christmas. For more information, call Gina Faber at 540-338-2574.

Bluemont’s First Schoolhouse Gets New Start

October 11, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Comments Off on Bluemont’s First Schoolhouse Gets New Start

Old Bluemont village has a “new” historic site: the 185-year-old Snickersville Academy, originally built to serve the young village as a schoolhouse, church, and a community meeting hall.

In September, Tom and Betty Hatcher, along with Walter and Joyce Hatcher, gave the structure to Friends of Bluemont, a local citizens association focused on the community’s history. The Hatchers live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun County.

“The historic Snickersville Academy has survived more than 185 years,” declared Friends of Bluemont president Susan Freis Falknor. “Now, with a lot of help from the community, it can continue for centuries more.”

“We hope to make the Snickersville Academy a site for visitors to learn about the village’s earliest history and experience the charm of a bygone time,” she added.

The Hatcher family who live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun, made the gift in memory of Tom and Walter’s mother, Catalina Hatcher, a strong-minded and beloved figure in the village, who summered in the log structure through the 1990s.

Tom Hatcher remembers his mother’s love of the cabin, of the woods around it, and the feeling of “serenity” there. He recalls a story that one evening, when his mother was resting on the porch, a Bluemonter watched a bear ramble past the cabin and on into the village.

Says Hatcher: “The bear didn’t bother her, and she didn’t bother the bear.”

Friends of Bluemont, a preservation organization founded in 2003, has long hoped to save the Snickersville Academy. Friends of Bluemont founder and Loudoun schoolteacher Evelyn Johnson started off the formal effort with a fundraiser picnic in 1999.

“Snickersville,” the original name of the village, was replaced by the more dignified name of “Bluemont” in 1900, with the arrival of the railroad and upscale vacationers escaping the summer heat of the Capital Area.

To follow the progress of the preservation of the Snickersville Academy, see www.BluemontVA.org or www.friends-of-bluemont.org.

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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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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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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

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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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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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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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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