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It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!
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Franklin Park Arts Center Welcomes New Crop of Home Grown Musicians

By Andrea Gaines

The way music instructor Frank Keims effuses about the musicians known as “The Immortals” … you’d think he was doing an introduction for the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Immortals are a rotating group of young musicians drawn from Keims’ Loudoun Music Instruction business in Lovettsville.

In 2006, Keim began calling the parents of his most gifted students to push the idea of offering these young musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level music instruction and the chance to join with a real live band. This group of young men and women would be pushed hard. They would need to maintain certain grade levels at school. They would be tested like undergrads and be given the opportunity to write music, and jam with and exchange ideas with others as talented as themselves. His most promising students loved it. And, not because it was some kind of teenage indulgence. … Continue Reading

“Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

July 10, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

Friends of Franklin Park Art Center announce the opening of “First You Start with a Big Piece of Paper”, the third annual creative challenge exhibit sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. The exhibition features works in a variety of media by local and regional artists, who were asked to incorporate a large piece of brown Kraft paper measuring at least 72 by 30 inches into their artwork.

The results of how the artists have interpreted and been inspired by this challenge are truly remarkable. Heads, toads, a dragon, a Hobbit and more! The results are a remarkable mix of torn, cut and manipulated paper; two-dimensional pieces using ink, paint and mixed media; kites and papier maché sculptural forms. The exhibit includes short statements from the artists about the inspiration for their works. Don’t miss this exhibit and the unusual – and amazing – results from creative artists faced with a unique challenge! … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

July 8, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) has announced the date for their Fall 2012 Golf Tournament. The “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic will be held at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 17, 2012. Proceeds from the tournament funds WWABC sponsored senior scholarships. This year, the inaugural golf tournament enabled the WWABC to award $1000 scholarships to nine well deserving Wolverine senior students. Woodgrove High School would like to congratulate 2012’s “Fore the Wolverine” scholarship recipients: Lydia Cromwell, Ellen Fuller, Brad Gilson, Lisa Hemphill, Dane Mullins, Meg Nelis, Matt Reed, Caroline Vangsnes, and Brendan Wells. Please come out and support the Wolverines at Stoneleigh on September 17. For more information, e-mail Jan Lokie at seminole84@aol.com.

Click here to download a sign-up sheet for the tournament.

Movie Night In Purcellville

June 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Movie Night In Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville, in partnership with Moonflicks/Northern Virginia Party Rental and Purcellville Teen Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the new Purcellville Film Festival. This is a series of free family movie nights every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. starting June 19 and continuing for five more weeks. The movies will be shown inside the Historic Bush Tabernacle and everyone can roller skate for free afterwards until 10:00 p.m.

The Purcellville Film Festival kicks off with Cars 2 on June 19 and continues with We Bought A Zoo (June 26), Casablanca (July 3), Just Go With It (July 10), Happy Feet 2 (July 17) and O’Brother Where Art Thou? (July 24).

Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center

June 10, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Dedication of the new mural “Loudoun County Symbols” at the Franklin Park Arts Center was held on Sat. June 9 at 11am at the Center.

The mural is part of the new Backman Community Mural Project, an extension of a recent Girl Scout Gold project originally created by Purcellville resident, Hannah Backman, who created a mural depicting historic Purcellville in the summer of 2011. The Arts Center then committed to continue to feature murals created by Loudoun residents or students, rotating the designs approximately twice a year. … Continue Reading

Melissa Wright, the Burgoo and the Return to Roots Music

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 3 comments
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Bluegrass music is intrinsic to our area. Virginia natives have a long and storied relationship with that special sound that found its roots in our Celtic ancestors who originally populated the Appalachian regions of our country. In spite of that history and connection, mountain music, our regional “Roots” music, is not a genre with a mass following; least of all from the under 30’s crowd. But wait a minute, folks. We in Northern Virginia can run—but we can’t hide from our hillbilly legacy. … Continue Reading

Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.

Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries. … Continue Reading

Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program
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The Loudoun County Public Library summer reading program begins June 11 at all seven branches and runs through August 6. Register at your branch and pick up a challenge card filled with fun, interactive challenges for every age to complete during the program. All ages – from birth to senior citizens – are encouraged to join the invasion and participate in the fun. … Continue Reading

Rock the Field in Purcellville

May 30, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rock the Field in Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is once again offering their free rock music event, “Rock The Field” on June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Town’s Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, in the gazebo area behind the baseball stadium outfield fence.
Headlining this year’s event will be The Nighthawks, Legends of Blues and Rock. The Nighthawks have played locally and nationally for nearly 40 years with some of the biggest names in the business and have recently released a new CD. … Continue Reading

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp will take place June 17 through June 22. Leadership in the Law Summer Camp is an opportunity for rising seniors from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to learn firsthand about the legal system.

The program is designed to allow students to work with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other professionals to learn about the law. It introduces students to the practice of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, crime scene investigation and the handling and presentation of evidence, based on a scenario right from the headlines. This year the civil and criminal controversy concerns Cyber-bullying! … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, all annual and six-month pass holders at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park Recreation Center can bring a friend to the center for free, all day.

“This event allows our pass holders to share their Ida Lee experience with a friend,” explained Katey Jackson, Ida Lee’s Building Service Manager. “We want more people to discover the great opportunities that the Recreation Center offers.” … Continue Reading

17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill

May 22, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill
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Aldie Mill Historic Park, a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, welcomes the 17th Mississippi Regiment in a return visit to the mill on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. A living history unit, members of the 17th will portray Confederate soldiers who camped near the village of Aldie during part of the Civil War. “We’re thrilled to have members of the 17th Mississippi return to the Aldie Mill, to help us continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” says Tracy Gillespie, Historic Site Supervisor. “Soldiers of the 17th Mississippi were hospitalized here in the village early in the war, and some of the troops even had supper at the Aldie Hotel that existed at the time.” The living history group will demonstrate military drills, fire their weapons, and explain life of a soldier in camp. To accompany these living history demonstrations, Aldie Mill historical interpreters will share information about the village during the four years of fighting, as well as the experiences of Unionist miller John Moore in an overwhelmingly Confederate area. … Continue Reading

Third Annual Taste of the Vine

May 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Third Annual Taste of the Vine

In celebration of the Round Hill Hometown Festival, the third annual A Taste of the Vine will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Old Furniture Factory to benefit Genesis International and the Afghan Women’s Fund. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Events

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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

15 Jun 2015

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

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