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Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

May 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor
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Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson announced his candidacy, May 18, as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

He is excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters. “Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district. I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge,” said Jimmerson

The Blue Ridge District covers a vast area of land that includes western Loudoun County and Brambleton. Richard understands the needs of these two areas are often not aligned. He will work hard as Supervisor to bring needed infrastructure improvements for the rapidly growing Brambleton area and will relentlessly advocate for both preservation and conservation efforts in Western Loudoun.

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Special Opinion: Should Loudoun Bring Back the Drug Court?

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Special Opinion: Should Loudoun Bring Back the Drug Court?
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By Robert Ohneiser

In 2012, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) eliminated funding for the Loudoun County Drug Court. Supervised and administered by Loudoun County Circuit Court judges, Drug Court gave serious drug offenders the option of entering an intensive rehabilitation program as an alternative to trial, under the condition that they submit to frequent drug testing, appear in court weekly for at least one year and meet other stringent financial and employment criteria. Drug Court detractors cited the program’s low graduation rate as the reason why funding should be eliminated, while proponents of the program, including judges Burke McCaHill and Thomas Horne described it as, not only the most intensive form of supervision in Virginia’s criminal justice system, but potentially life changing – even for repeat offenders who failed to complete the program. … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun

December 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun
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Charlotte Nurge, one of Loudoun County’s most dedicated volunteers, has been honored by the Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the Board presented a resolution of commendation to Nurge for her “extraordinary commitment and dedication to all her volunteer roles.” Nurge, 93, has been an active volunteer for the Area Agency on Aging since 1998. The Board highlighted several of Nurge’s accomplishments, including:

  • Service as Chairperson and member of the Commission on Aging;
  • Instrumental role in changing the criteria of the Loudoun County Tax Relief program to enhance benefits for seniors;
  • Instrumental role in accelerating the planning and design process for the Dulles South Senior Center;
  • Support for adding an additional public comment session at the beginning of the 2nd Board of Supervisors’ meeting of the month, allowing seniors to an opportunity to provide public input; and
  • Significant activism and support of improved transit options, including Metro, which has provided more transportation options for seniors.

The resolution also states that Nurge is “widely recognized and respected for her commitment to improving services for seniors” and her “wisdom, energy and integrity.” In addition to the resolution, Nurge was presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Photo Courtesy of Lorie Flading: Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn Williams, left, and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, center, present longtime volunteer Charlotte Nurge with a resolution of commendation. Nurge was also presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors

July 25, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors

For the Public Input Session on September 3, 2014

Excerpts from the following article will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 3, 2014 at the public input session.

“The vital signs reflect “the largest changes that we’ve been able to witness in the historical record,” said Tom Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The planet is changing more rapidly … than in any time of modern civilization.”” NBC reporting on new NOAA analysis [1] … Continue Reading

What the Current Board of Supervisors Could – But Probably Won’t – Do for a Better Loudoun

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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By Malcolm Baldwin

Over the past 21 months, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed its interest in improving Loudoun’s economy, business friendliness and fiscal soundness, while actually working in many ways counter to a sound vision of a vibrant Loudoun County. Despite glimmers of hope in a few areas, future prospects look dim for our board to reverse itself in time to promote a better, sounder vision for Loudoun during its current term.

So, what should citizens know? How can they encourage the board to redirect its efforts and further the vision that most Loudoun citizens could favor and benefit from? … Continue Reading

The Art of Rezoning

October 2, 2013 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Development, News Comments Off on The Art of Rezoning
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At its September 4 business meeting the Loudoun Board of Supervisors approved plans for 199 town homes on land originally zoned for non-residential uses. In return, the county received approximately $6.5 million in cash proffers. Unfortunately, the county’s cost to provide necessary capital infrastructure for the new residents is slightly more than $7 million. The county does not receive contributions for on-going operating costs (such as salaries for teachers and rescue workers) created by the new development.

With these two applications, one in University Center and the other between South Riding and Stone Ridge on Route 50, the board has approved a total of six rezonings. The other four rezonings include:

One Loudoun – Edelman Field Ball Park
Stone Ridge East – 160 additional single family homes
ProLogis Park Gateway – Industrial park
Waltonwood Ashburn – approximately 211 senior housing units … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

May 5, 2013 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recognized recipients of the 2013 Volunteer Loudoun Outstanding Volunteer Awards during the Board’s general business meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. These awards honor individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their extraordinary volunteer efforts in the community.

The 2013 award recipients include:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Gabriella Miller – Ten-year-old Gabriella Miller, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, was determined to help other children suffering from cancer by enhancing her own letter-writing campaign to the Make a Wish Foundation. She raised over $250,000 for the Foundation, which inspired Macy’s to donate an additional $25,000. Her fundraising efforts resulted in 36 additional wishes being granted for children facing serious health issues. … Continue Reading

BOS Public Comment Time Limits

April 5, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Public Comment Time Limits
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For a very long time, Loudoun residents who wished to speak before the Board of Supervisors during public comment sessions of hearings or meetings, were limited to three and sometimes five minutes. It depended on the number of sign-ups or whether meetings were running late. Those representing organizations were often given five minutes or longer to speak, because they spoke on behalf of large numbers of residents. But no longer.

Board Chairman York, citing ‘time constraints’ and other excuses decided some time ago that comments be limited to two minutes, or even one minute (when certain agenda items drew in many speakers). The only individuals for whom this does not apply are usually public officials and those who have submitted applications to the County, such as developers. This time limit applies even when the Board is considering highly complex and detailed proposals such as the current debate over the stadium on Rt. 7, or major transportation initiatives, etc. Thus, although the current BOS considers itself responsive to the public, it is anything but. … Continue Reading

Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy

February 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Our Board of Supervisors has made lowering property taxes a key objective, to be balanced by higher commercial tax revenues. Several supervisors recently noted that each new Loudoun residence costs $1.61 in schools and other public services for every dollar it contributes to property tax revenue, while commercial development costs only $0.31 for every revenue dollar it contributes. The board justifies its approval of Metro into Loudoun by plans to ensure net positive returns from new commercial development around the two Ashburn Metro stations, despite cries of dismay and coming taxpayer doom. … Continue Reading

An Elected Assessor?

December 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on An Elected Assessor?
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BOS Poised To Give New Powers To The Commissioner of Revenue

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Should political appointees have any job protections? The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on two such items at its December 5 business meeting: An amendment to the county’s ordinances replacing a non-elected, professionally certified real estate appraiser known as the county assessor with the elected commissioner of revenue and a revision of employment policies for board aides. Based on public comments and off-the-record conversations, the board appears poised to send the public a very contradictory answer to this question.

A story published by The Blue Ridge Leader last month pointed out that a proposal to shift the real property assessment function to the commissioner of revenue’s office would transform the assessors from county employees into at-will political appointees. Under a Memorandum of Understanding between Loudoun County and the commissioner of revenue, they would lose protection from county grievance policies. According to former and current employees of the county, such a change might leave assessors without protection from political pressure to reduce property assessments. This could subject them to similar pressures faced by board aides, the subject of an on-going investigation. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – October

November 7, 2012 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – October
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Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee, October 22, 2012

Topic: Aldie Fire Station

At the October 22 Finance/Government Services & Operations Committee meeting, the supervisors resumed the discussion where to build a new Aldie Fire and Rescue Center. As one of its first actions in January, the new Board unanimously approved a motion by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke (R) to reject the site purchased by the prior Board within the Little River Estates subdivision and initiate a more transparent public process by asking landowners to submit potential sites for consideration.

The county received four submissions of which two met the county’s requirements. The first proposal is a 14.66 acre lot to be subdivided from the larger parcel owned by Gilberts Corner, LP at the southeast quadrant of Gilberts Corner. It comes with a steep price tag of $3.5 million. At $238,745 per acre, it is about 1.5 times the amount paid for the original site. … Continue Reading

What Are They Talking About?

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on What Are They Talking About?

This is the first in an occasional series, which will showcase some of the more interesting public comments made by members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors during their regular business meetings. DISCUSSED HERE: “Distance Pricing”, and potential toll increases on the Greenway … new Potomac River crossing, including to possibility of tunneling under the Broad Run Farms community … new taxes to fund construction of a new Loudoun sports stadium …

“I’m all in support of somehow finding a funding mechanism to purchase the Greenway for Loudoun County residents.” (Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) during a Sept. 5 discussion of whether the Board should endorse legislation by the General Assembly to study the feasibility of distance pricing on the Greenway.) … Continue Reading

Open Letter to BOS – Time to Clean Up Delgaudio’s Act

October 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Open Letter to BOS – Time to Clean Up Delgaudio’s Act

By John P. Flannery

Dear Chairman and Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors exclusive of Sterling Supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio,

It’s high time that this Board of Supervisors took a long hard look at Mr. Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct.

The Southern Poverty Law Center charged recently that Delgaudio headed a gay-bashing hate group called Public Advocate.

Last week, we read reports that Hannah Scoggins, of Public Advocate, that same hate group, was telling Delgaudio’s County staffers what to do, rather than another Senior County employee or the Supervisor himself.

We also learned that Mr. Delgaudio had allegedly misappropriated a private copyrighted wedding picture of a same sex marriage, altered the photo and ridiculed the couple in an out of state political campaign. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Radiophysics

6 Jul 2015

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“Radiophysics is a Hoax” – James Inhofe The climate of a planet is stable when the incoming radiation from a planet’s star equals the outgoing heat radiation from the planet itself at the top of the atmosphere. Everything else is …

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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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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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