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Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors

September 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors
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Kidtime Christian Academy, a new preschool and after school care preschool in Hamilton, is now open and enrolling for preschool and after school care. To celebrate its grand opening, the school is offering free registration and five percent off of full or part time preschool tuition. The academy is in the former Hamilton Rescue Squad located at 71N Laycock St.

Michelle Piteira, the founder and president, saw that the building had great potential to support the growing need for quality childcare in western Loudoun but realized that it would require a lot of work and a large investment to transform it to a new state-of-the-art preschool.

“It’s been a long journey, but after two long years, we persevered through the challenges to transform and bring new life and purpose to this historic building,” said Piteira. Their doors opened in early August. … Continue Reading

Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor

May 23, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor
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A volunteer paramedic is under arrest after an investigation revealed he was having inappropriate contact with an underage female.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling was arrested Friday night and charged with indecent liberties with a child by a person
in a custodial or supervisory relationship and use of a communication device to solicit a child.

Ward is a Lieutenant at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad and a volunteer paramedic with the Sterling Rescue Squad. … Continue Reading

Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30

May 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30
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The annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities will be Saturday, May 30.

The day will begin with the second running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – beginning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to register for the races – a ½ mile run for kindergarten through third grade and the second race for fourth and fifth graders. The final run will be a 2-mile race for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.town.hamilton.va.us.

The Hamilton Day Parade down W. Colonial Highway is at 11:00 a.m. starting at the Hamilton Safety Center, going through town and ending at the corner of Reid Street (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). All decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, dance troupes, local businesses, antique cars etc. are called to join the parade. … Continue Reading

Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn

March 8, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that an afternoon fire that destroyed a Hamilton Barn was accidental. The fire, which resulted in $200,000 damages, was due to a heat lamp too close to bedding materials.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, fire-rescue units from Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville, Leesburg, Lucketts, Ashburn, Arcola and the County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a barn fire in the 16000 block of Hamilton Station Road. First arriving units reported a 50’x200’ barn fully involved in fire with partial roof collapse. Access to the structure was limited due to length and narrowness of driveway and snow accumulation. Crews were able to contain the fire to the building of origin. Units remained on the scene for several hours overhauling the structure. … Continue Reading

Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

April 1, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

By Carri Michon 

Mark your calendars to celebrate together at the annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities. This year Hamilton Day will be held Saturday, April 26.  The day begins with the new offering of a cross country run – the Hamilton Point to Point for children with the races beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to register for the races – a half-mile run for kindergarten through third grades with the second half mile race for grades four and five.  The final race will be a two-mile run for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded after April 2 from the Hamilton web site at  www.town.hamilton.va.us. Questions can be directed to Carri Michon at CLMichon@aol.com.

The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center through town and end at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry›s Crab Shack and the LDS church).   Welcomed are all decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, local businesses, antique cars and tractors, etc.  Any interested participants for the parade can contact Cheryl Campbell at cbikowski@burkinc.com. … Continue Reading

Let’s Play Ball

April 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Let’s Play Ball

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day

April 30, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day
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By Carri Michon

Hamilton Day dawned with bright blue skies and although windy and a bit chilly, the streets were lined with more people than last year according to one attendee. Once again our small town parade was graced with a US Navy contingent, this year being the US Navy Presidential Color Guard and Rifle Team. Outstanding were they! Sloane Tanner, a young softball player who was in the parade with her team, highlighted that she “liked riding in the parade and throwing candy!” The celebration afterwards commenced at Hamilton Elementary School grounds this year. An added attraction of 4H animals was a welcome addition to the day. James Sessler, a second grader at Ken Culbert Elementary said, “There was a goat with a shaggy brown coat. He ate and ate everything I picked for him!” That goat just happened to be a silky fainting goat owned by Carly Campbell, a Blue Ridge Middle School sixth grader. She offered to bring her animals to Hamilton Day and share them with the Hamilton community. “It was so nice to teach kids about animals that don’t usually get the opportunity to be around them.” said Miss. Campbell. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day Scheduled

April 18, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day Scheduled
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The celebration of small town life in western Loudoun begins this weekend with Hamilton Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Come and watch the parade which starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center traveling down through town and ending at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). Please note that any interested last minute participants for the parade can contact Carri Michon at clmichon@aol.com – and, as always, classic cars and tractors are always welcome.

The festivities to Celebrate the Town of Hamilton will move to the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School instead of Hamilton Park (a change from years past). For the children in all of us there will be found a petting area by local 4H clubs, glitter tattoos by DeeVinchey and face painting by the Hamilton Baptist Church. Food by the Ruritans and a bake sale by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hamilton Safety Center are among some of the food offerings to be had. An Opening Day ceremony for Hamilton youth sports will begin at noon. A few of the Hamilton area baseball and soccer teams will be announced on the fenced Little League field ending with a stirring flag ceremony led by the US Navy Presidential Honor Guard as they present the colors. Following the flag ceremony at 12:30 p.m. there will be a pie eating contest on the blacktop with representatives from the Hamilton Town Council a part of the fun. Rounding out the day, Little League baseball games on site will begin at 1:00 p.m. Plan to come and join us as we once again commemorate small town America the Hamilton way.

Interview with Hamilton Mayor Greg K. Wilmoth

January 9, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Interview with Hamilton Mayor Greg K. Wilmoth
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Greg K. Wilmoth served on the Hamilton Town Council before claiming the mayor’s seat in the 2010 town elections – in what many considered to be an upset over the incumbent. He won re-election this past spring, and continues to watch over the concerns of his community from the official office on Main Street. Mayor Wilmoth has lived in Hamilton for over 50 years.

Tim Jon: Hamilton enjoys an identity as a beautiful, historic little town – sandwiched in – between two much larger ones: Leesburg and Purcellville; what are some of the pros- and cons – of its relatively small size and population – and location? … Continue Reading

House Fire Quail Creek Circle

November 7, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on House Fire Quail Creek Circle
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At approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday November 7, 2012 the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a reported house fire at 17291 Quail Creek Circle in Hamilton. Fire and rescue crews from Hamilton, Purcellville, Leesburg, Round Hill and Lovettesville were dispatched to the single family home and upon arrival found active fire along the exterior of the residence.

Crews initiated an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. All occupants had self-evacuated prior to arrival of fire and rescue personnel.

No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported at this time.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and determined it to be accidental, caused by a heating appliance being used by workers on the exterior of the basement. The estimated dollar loss is $20,000.

Two adults, one minor and the family dog were displaced and are staying in the area with friends and/or family.

“Images of Summer” Art Display in Hamilton

August 26, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Images of Summer” Art Display in Hamilton
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An exhibit of original paintings by artist Donna Robinson will be on display at Prudential Carruthers Real Estate in Hamilton September 10 – November 30. The public is invited to attend an Opening Reception for the artist on Thursday, September 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Prudential Carruthers is located at 4 East Colonial Highway in Hamilton.

About Donna Robinson:
From crisp realism to a soft impressionistic style, Donna Robinson reveals beauty in both the simple and the complex in her paintings. The artist lives in Northern Virginia and exhibits throughout the region, winning many awards and honors.

Donna’s love for the arts began at age four with her passion for theater, dance, singing and fine art. She pursued a career in liturgical fabric design and art, creating and displaying her work in over 15 states in the US. She has traveled at the invitation of the Israeli government to participate in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles, and her creations have been on exhibition in the coliseum in Italy, in Washington, DC at the Capitol, the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda and the Patriot Center at George Mason University. … Continue Reading

TLC’s DC Cupcakes To Visit Loudoun County Fair

July 16, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on TLC’s DC Cupcakes To Visit Loudoun County Fair

TLC’s DC Cupcakes will be at The Loudoun County Fair on Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27 to film an episode of their popular show. Sisters and business partners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis run Georgetown Cupcake, a small Washington, D.C., cupcakery that they’ve transformed into a sweeping success. The Loudoun County Fair will be held July 23 through July 28 at the Loudoun County Fair Grounds. The fairgrounds are located at 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg.

The Loudoun County Fair is holding a Cupcake Baking Contest on Friday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. The sisters from TLC’s DC Cupcakes will judge the contest. For more information on how to participate in the cupcake baking contest, visit www.loudouncountyfair.com. The sisters from TLC’s DC Cupcakes will be participating in various fair activities including the hay bale toss and egg toss as well as visiting the various exhibits. … Continue Reading

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

June 12, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

The following local students attending Hampden-Sydney College were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year:

Joshua Wayne Phipps – Josh is a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Boyd W. Phipps of Hamilton.

Christopher Benedict Regan – Chris is a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Regan of Purcellville.

To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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