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Free Public Information Session on Historic Districts

May 6, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Public Information Session on Historic Districts
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Property owners and members of the public are invited to a free historic districts and conservation easements information session scheduled for Sunday, May 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House in the village of Lincoln.

The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation and The Lincoln Community League, in cooperation with the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning. Loudoun County is home to six historic and cultural conservation districts – including Aldie, Bluemont, Goose Creek, Oatlands, Taylorstown and Waterford. A seventh historic roadways district – the Beaverdam Historic Roadways District – protects a network of 32 rural roads in the southwest corner of county. Separate historic districts in Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville come under the jurisdiction of their respective towns. All historic districts in Loudoun County, with the exception of the Beaverdam Historic Roadways District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue Reading

Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War

November 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War
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The public is invited to an Open House at Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, to help dedicate a commemorative sign installed on the Meeting’s property. The Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) worked with the Virginia Civil War Trails, Sesquicentennial Committee, Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Visit Loudoun to design a sign which tells visitors about the Burning Raid that took place around Lincoln in early December 1864. It will also describe Goose Creek’s Quaker peace testimony at the time of the Burning Raid and now.

Activities on the 6th will open with First Day School students presenting a depiction of the Meeting’s history, originally presented by Asa Moore Janney in 1951. This will be followed by the dedication, in which all the people who helped with the sign will be introduced. The Meeting House will be open for simple refreshments and to hear more about the history of our present Meeting House, built in 1818. Our historic 1816 school house, Oakdale School, will be open also. … Continue Reading

Lincoln Elementary on the Chopping Block Again?

January 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines

The possible closing of Lincoln Elementary – one of the Loudoun County’s smallest and oldest schools – was one of the hottest topics at this week’s Loudoun County’s School Board discussions. The school serves 136 students and is approximately 86 years old.

The discussion took place in the context of the board’s Capital Assessment Preservation Program, which outlines the school district’s maintenance priorities for the next five years. The program calls for $310,000 worth of upgrades and improvements to the Lincoln Elementary building, including a new fire alarm system ($70,000), a new electrical system ($200,000) and the replacement of seven rooftop HVAC units ($40,000). Most of the improvements are needed to satisfy county safety and electrical codes.

The issue of closing of many of the county’s smallest schools – also some of the county’s oldest schools ¬– has surfaced regularly over the last several years. In each case, community opposition to the closings won the day. … Continue Reading

Violent Storm Blows Through Loudoun

July 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Violent Storm Blows Through Loudoun

Friday night’s storm resulted in downed trees and power outages throughout Loudoun County and beyond. Over 450,000 people in the region lost power. Pictured are trees down on Main Street in Purcellville and surrounding areas. Purcellville was working to clean up tree debris around the town on Saturday morning.

Celebrated Local Photographer Donates Landmark Book

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized 1 comment
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Sarah Huntington, a local photographer famous for her brilliant black and white, portrait, wedding and historical photographs has donated a copy of the book “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun”, to the Woodgrove High School library. Sarah published this oral and photographic history of Loudoun County with Gale Waldron in 2002.

School Budget Cuts Subject of Public Hearing

February 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 2 comments
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Citizens Speak Out Against Closing Small Western Schools and Bus Driver Benefits Cuts

The Loudoun County School Board room was packed with Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) employees and residents who spoke during the public comments on January 31, 2011. Many of the more than eighty citizens and employees who signed up to speak were concerned with the proposed budget cuts that would, among other things, affect part-time employees. Still others were concerned about the possibility that budget cuts would force the closing of western Loudoun County’s four small public schools – in Aldie, Middleburg, Hillsboro and Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – January

January 5, 2012 by Tim Jon Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – January
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The bucolic, little community of Lincoln – just south of Purcellville – contains all kinds of visual (and otherwise sensory) appeal, whether to the casual visitor or its longtime residents: unique, historic homes, meeting places and commercial structures, quiet, tree-covered lanes, the stately hush of still churchyards, even its diminutive size lends a kind of ‘cute’ quality to the whole picture. Yep, Lincoln’s a special place where you just feel good to merely ‘be’ for a spell.

But, for me – and me alone, I imagine – there is one star attraction. Probably not at the top of everybody else’s list – or anyone else’s, for that matter – which pops up when I think of little old Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns and Villages
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LINCOLN by Anne Tiffany

The weather at the end of October almost turned the fourth annual pumpkin decorating contest into a chance to design a snowman. Nevertheless, there were twelve participants and their pictures can be seen on our new website: www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The top winners were Mike Rohrer for Most Traditional; Phillip Bennett for the Funniest; Alex Dukes for the Scariest; Alex Lyons for the Most Original; and Lego White for the Overall Most Wonderful. The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Warren Watt and his wife, Ann for organizing this event; and thank you to Mike and Lilian Rohrer for lining the Lincoln sidewalks with luminaries for the Halloween trick or treaters. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages – November

November 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns and Villages – November
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Waterford’s Ed Good is out of the country this month, and so is his column! Look for Ed in December.

Lincoln by Ann Tiffany

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Ard Geller and his son-in-law, Michael Pawlak, for putting together our new website. You may view this at any time by going to www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The LCL also want to thank Ard and Michael for all their hard work in providing our bulletins/posters for our upcoming events. … Continue Reading

September’s Towns and Villages

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on September’s Towns and Villages
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Bluegrass and Barbeque at the Waterford Fair: Mike Marshall, Seldom Scene, and Patent Pending

One of the many attractions of the Waterford Fair is the music fair-goers enjoy throughout the Village of Waterford. Included in the price of admission is a wide variety of music groups who perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7, 8, and 9. This year, fair-goers are in for some special treats. … Continue Reading

August Towns and Villages

August 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on August Towns and Villages
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Lincoln by Anne Tiffany

Lincoln’s Fourth of July parade, picnic, and festivities were a huge success. There were 27 entries in the parade, and almost as many in the two dessert contests, for the adults as well as the kids. We consumed 140 grilled hot dogs and made short order of the Bar-B-Q beef. The kids enjoyed games, many of which included buckets and balloons of water. 2011 is an odd year so The Pink Flamingos once again brought up the rear of our parade. After several patriotic readings, we were treated, for the third year in a row, to the lively music of the Acoustic Burgoo. Many flags lined our street, and our little village looked proud and quite festive in red, white, and blue.

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank to all of you who had anything to do with our patriotic celebration – whether you came and were part of the enthusiastic audience, or you helped coordinate the entire celebration. It was such fun because so many of us took part in the day. … Continue Reading

Towns & Villages

July 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns & Villages

HAMILTON – By Terry Moon

East and West Colonial Highway is experiencing milling and paving at night from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through July 8. Hopefully, the sounds of diesel engines and beeping of truck as they reverse won’t cause too much lost of sleep. We can always be grateful that the paving will provide a quieter street surface when completed. Maybe VDOT will surprise us and finish early.

The Pavilion at the Hamilton Community Park maybe reserved through the town office. It is strictly first come, first serve. The date will be posted on the sign at the entrance to the park. Please plan ahead to ensure it is available when you wish to use it.

It’s wonderful to see folks out walking their dogs around town. Please remember it is your responsibility to pick up your dog’s fecal material. This is unpleasant to step in and a public health hazard. … Continue Reading

Lincoln

April 21, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lincoln

By Anne Tiffany

About 60 folks gathered in the Goose Creek Meeting House on Sunday afternoon, March 20 to hear Appalachian story telling and music by Mike Hayslett and his son, “Banjo Boy” Corbin. The event was put together by the Lincoln Community League. Mike told us stories that were significant of the times, starting from the Revolutionary War period to the 1930’s; while his son, 17 year old Corbin, entertained us with music, also representing those span of years.
Mike would accompany him on bones, jaw harp and jug. Mike’s stories drew many laughs from the audience, but all of us were held in awe as Corbin shared with us the progress of the banjo, tunes, and songs that were indicative of the different periods of history. (He also played the mandolin and guitar) I later asked Corbin how long he’s been playing, and he said that he took lessons for about a month when he was ten years old, but then his teacher moved. Corbin is basically self taught; he has already cut two CD’s, has won numerous awards for his competitive banjo skills, and has been on NPR radio. … 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

Ronnie Milsap

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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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Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Notaviva Vineyards Monthly Bluegrass Jam is BACK w/Short Hill Mountain Boys

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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

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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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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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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