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Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

April 10, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park
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Spring arrives to Franklin Park Arts Center with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy for all ages. By staging this retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Main Street Theater contrasts its fall production of Oliver! With its colorful set, funny plot twists, quirky characters and fantastic costuming, this production is the perfect exclamation point to end the season.

From the moment the show opens, theater goers find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale they won’t want to leave. Winifred’s ironically hilarious song “Shy” as sung by Abby McDonough will bring the house down in the first few minutes of the show. But not to be outdone is Prince Dauntless (Matt Curtis) spelling out his love for Winnifred, better known as F-R-E-D in the robust and hilarious drinking song. Perhaps what is most amusing is that Matt Curtis, who has just become a daddy in real life, plays a prince who has never really grown up. Dressed in a bib, footie pajamas and reigning in a regal high chair, what a difference from Fagin, the wily thief, in Oliver!

The second romance is between Lancelot-like Knight Harry (Justin Mohay) who has more than wooed Larkin. As Harry, Mohay is hilarious especially since this knight’s armor is anything but shining. As Lady Larkin, Alie Campbell displays her versatility in the female ingénue role. Mohay and Campbell’s duet of “In a Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You” are beautifully melodic and show off their vocal skills.

The Jester (Zoe Lucas) brings a quirkly intelligence to the role as she interprets for the muted and spell-bound King (Will Stewart). Queen Aggravain (Beth Jacobsohn) as the overbearing mother mows down Dauntless as well as the entire audience, until Winnifred arrives. Jacobsohn shows anything but “Sensitivity” as she belts all the way to the ball fields of Franklin Park.

With a kingdom cast in Crayola colors, songs equally as bright and cheerful, fifteen princesses from all over the world accompanied by knights in shining armor, Director Karlah Louis offers up a family-friendly feast fit for a king. And if (borrowing the title of Fred’s song), you don’t find yourself “Happily Ever After,” it’s your own fault!

Show Dates: April 24-26 and May 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: Student/Senior 65 and older $20. Adults: $23.
Website: mainstreettheaterproductions.org with direct online ticket link at ShowTix4U.com (Search Main Street Theater – Mattress)

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Dream of a Good Death

November 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By Eric Werling

I’m drawn to a Thursday evening performance of a folk operetta and Civil War history lesson, “Dream of a Good Death” by Clark Hansbarger and the Bitter Liberals, which I read about in the Loudoun News. I leave work early, commute home from D.C. in time to kiss my wife goodnight and hop back in the truck for the 8:00 p.m. show at Franklin Park. I sit in the theater a few minutes before the show, alone in the small crowd, a little self-conscious because I don’t normally go to shows alone. But soon those thoughts are replaced with wonder. We live in a small Virginia town – with a name like Purcellville, it is guaranteed to remain a small town forever. But I have just discovered that Purcellville has a theater worthy of a small city! They completed this place seven years ago. Why haven’t I been here before? … Continue Reading

Franklin Park October 2014 Calendar

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park October 2014 Calendar
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DinoRock Puppet Show, Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. Rock premiered at The Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theatre in 1984, and has been performed at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, The Luther Burbank Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA, and in theatres and museums in 39 states in between. Interactive and energetic show for children and grown-ups alike! Show theme to be announced soon. Tickets: $5 per person. Call to reserve: 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

August 18, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23
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By Sarah Smith

What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30.

Every year the Piedmont Arts Foundation welcomes a different show to its summer stage, located at Franklin Park in Purcellville. This year, Belmont Ridge Middle School’s director Jason Augustowski is directing this bubbly, pink-filled musical. … Continue Reading

Local Author Produces New Documentary

May 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Author Produces New Documentary
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THE MARS CODEX
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THE MARS CODEX: Manuscript of an Ancient Text is an “explosive” new documentary produced and directed by founding members of The Cydonia Institute – George J. Haas of Waterford, Virginia and William R. Saunders of Calgary, Canada. The documentary premieres at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. The program explores over 20 years of research and analysis of NASA and ESA photographs of Mars by Haas and Saunders that highlight many of the pictographic formations that have discovered “hidden in plain sight” across the surface of the planet. The material is presented in a precise and engaging manner that will have the viewer re-thinking the origins of human history and perhaps acquiring a better understanding of our place in the cosmos. Admission is free and there will be a Q&A session with Mr. Haas after the screening.

Franklin Park Arts Center Will Open Their 6th Season on September 19

September 8, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Arts Center Will Open Their 6th Season on September 19

Franklin Park Arts Center will open their sixth season on Thursday, September 19 with a performance by John McEuen, John Carter Cash and Les Thompson, followed by the hilarious comedy of Last Ham Standing on Friday, September 20 , and a solo piano concert by Cuong Hung Van on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. For pricing and availability, visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org … Continue Reading

Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

April 18, 2013 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

Franklin Park Arts Center Hosts a Jazz Dance Extravaganza

Experience the power, passion, and precision of live jazz dance. Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will perform Dancin’ on Broadway and Beyond, a Broadway showcase tribute, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. On Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., audiences will experience the thrill of Broadway smash-hit numbers, a jazz dance extravaganza of musical theatre and contemporary concert jazz dance.

Leave the prosceniums and drop curtains in Manhattan; Dancin’ Unlimited, directed by Northern Virginia jazz dance icon Marilyn York, brings the best of Broadway to the small theatre setting. The show is packed with signature songs and dance pieces from A Chorus Line, Fosse, and Pajama Game, with medleys of Sinatra songs and the recent movie musical Burlesque.

“We will take you on a jazz dance journey through dance styles that made Broadway famous,” says York. Dancin’ Unlimited’s motto is “Jazz Dance with Class.” They hold true to classical technique and clean lines with the exuberance to light up Broadway to boot. The program is family friendly, great for jazz dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

April 3, 2013 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26
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Provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Beyond the sheer talent of both Al and Amy, audiences love the diversity of instruments they play, their warm stage presence and the multi-media show, ”Land of the Sky” in which they combine live music with projections of their nature photography of the Southern Appalachians. … Continue Reading

An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

March 18, 2013 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

Robbie Limon brings his stage and music presentation of “An Evening with Buddy Holly” to the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, March 23 , at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and & &17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Spend the evening with Buddy Holly as he rehearses his band for the 1958 Winter Dance Party tour of mid-western States. This show features over 20 songs recorded during 1956-1958 and all are performed live and ‘in-person’. You can ask questions about Buddy’s career, his music, and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life that has been described as eighteen months of fame and generations of influence. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Presents “Mame”

November 10, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Presents “Mame”
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BITWC Imagine That Theatre will present “Mame” on Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m., at Franklin Park Arts Center. Tickets are $20.00 for all ages, and can be reserved by calling 540-554-8889. Visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org for more information.

Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Set in New York and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

A pre-theatre dinner on Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Savoir Fare in Round Hill can be arranged by calling 540-554-8889. $60 includes dinner, tax, gratuity and show ticket—cash bar for beer and wine.

Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Western Loudoun’s community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973, or purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

The Franklin Park Big Band was founded with support provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center. The group plays Big Band music for dances, weddings, charities, and other occasions. Our members are community instrumentalists from all walks of life who have a passion for their instrument and audience-pleasing music. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Symphony Presents a Chamber Concert

October 21, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Symphony Presents a Chamber Concert
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The Loudoun Symphony Chamber Players will present a concert on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville. Tickets in advance are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.loudounsymphony.org

Selections in the concert will include:

  • Charles Huguenin (1870-1939): Wind Trio, Op. 30
    Allen Howe, Clarinet; Jane Hughes, Oboe; William Jokela, Bassoon
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major for Winds, K 375 … Continue Reading

Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale
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The Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center is seeking artwork for its 11th annual Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale, an exhibition of original artwork by local artists dedicated to the visual power of Loudoun’s agricultural heritage. Both two and three dimensional artwork is welcome for entry. Entries will be accepted Monday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-5:00. To submit art, complete an entry form by visiting www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions

The Show will be on display in the gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center from November 9 through January 2 weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and weekends during performances.

The Arts Center hosts art shows throughout the year, and features individual shows by local galleries and artists. … Continue Reading

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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

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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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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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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

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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: READERS THEATER

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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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

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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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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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one 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

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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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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