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Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor

May 23, 2015 by Contributor 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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Contributor 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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Contributor 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 by Tim Jon 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 by Contributor 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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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.

Local University of Mary Washington Graduates Class of 2012

May 22, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local University of Mary Washington Graduates Class of 2012

The following area students were among 1,193 students graduating from the University of Mary Washington. Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of SnagAJob.com, delivered the commencement address for master’s candidates on Friday, May 11 and Neil Howe, historian and best-selling author, gave the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, May 12. … 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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Ask Dr. Mike – 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 …

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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

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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

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Student News

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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Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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

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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

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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Two Kitchen Cousins Present … Plate To Tempt, Plate To Tease

1 Jul 2015

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– By Lisa Wasson And Andrea Gaines Plating pulls a dish together, using color for visual appeal, showcasing ingredients and revealing the flavors and textures to be enjoyed. It isn’t so much about making something look pretty as it is about making it look appetizing. Here are the basics of good plating, along with some great examples. Good plating … …

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Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

1 Jul 2015

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– By Hannah Hager When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon. Before you start thinking that shade means no …

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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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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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