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LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four

May 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four
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At approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, fire and rescue units from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Lucketts, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Round Hill, Leesburg and Fredrick County, Maryland responded to a house fire at 37999 Britain Road. First arriving units encountered a log and mortar, single-family tenant house with smoke showing from all four sides. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to fully extinguish the fire within an hour.

Around 3:30 a.m., Tuesday May 26, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call stating the fire had re-ignited and crews were again dispatched to the scene. They encountered the remnants of the original home and a nearby well house fully engulfed in flames and began a defensive attack. Firefighters remained on scene conducting overhaul until approximately 6:30 a.m. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday

February 24, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday
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The Lovettsville Library will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, February 28, with a celebration for the whole family.

At 10:30 a.m, meet opossum, snakes, turtles, and a bunny as the Wildlife Ambassadors present “Wildlife in Winter.” Share birthday cake at 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:00 p.m., enjoy the creative arts of Balloonacy with Tom Lilly. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary

December 31, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released video surveillance of a suspect involved in the December 25 burglary of the Bridge End Center convenience store.

In the video, the suspect, wearing a ghillie suit, uses a splitting maul to damage the exterior wall of the store located in the 11100 block of Berlin Turnpike near Lovettsville. He is then observed removing over 120 cartons of cigarettes from the store. The video can be viewed at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/bridgeend .

The incident began around 10:45 p.m. on December 25 and the theft was discovered on the morning of December 26. … Continue Reading

Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society

December 9, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society
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Girl Scout Troop 1434 earned their “Playing the Past” badge by visiting the Lovettsville Museum in late November. The group of fifth graders learned about daily life in the era before electricity, telephones and modern conveniences. The girls looked at photographs documenting Lovettsville’s many changes over the years, guessed at the use of various household and farm implements on display, and admired the stitching of a handmade turn-of-the-last-century lady’s floor-length gown from the museum’s collection. The girls had just come from their party where they had shared home-made old-fashioned snacks and family recipes, and decorated their own Victorian-style hats with silk flowers and tulle. Tom Bullock and Ed Spannaus from the Lovettsville Historical Society hosted the girls, answered questions about artifacts, and provided the definitions of nineteenth-century terms as “dry goods,” “notions,” “staples,” “undertaker,” “millinery,” “barter,” and “livery.” … Continue Reading

A Musical Vignette of Lincoln in 1865

October 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Musical Vignette of Lincoln in 1865
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On October 12, the Lovettsville Historical Society will feature a program by Douglas Jimerson, who will discuss — and sing — the music that Abraham Lincoln heard during the final months of his life. Mr. Jimerson is a concert tenor who researches and sings American patriotic songs and the music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and particularly that of the Civil War era.

In his October 12 presentation, Jimerson will focus on the final months of Lincoln’s life, starting with a New Year’s reception at the White House, where the Marine Band played patriotic airs. On January 29, 1865, Lincoln attended the U.S. Christian Commission’s annual meeting at the Capitol, where the Washington Handel and Haydn Society led the audience in singing “America,” and Philip Phillips sang “Your Mission,” a poignant song about the war. … Continue Reading

Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance
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Citizens Seek Second Look For Community Center Renovations

Loudoun County plans to demolish original Lovettsville School classroom wings built in the 1930s. The classrooms were restored after a 1976 fire destroyed other parts of the school and the building was repurposed as the Lovettsville Community Center. Many in the community have voiced strong opposition to the planned demolition, some of which centers on the county’s perceived disregard for historical resource preservation and some of which is related to a lack of due process and public disclosure.

The project was part of a bond package to upgrade five community centers to bring those facilities into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The three remaining centers include Lovettsville, Sterling and Philomont. … Continue Reading

Walker Pavilion Receives New Award

May 5, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Walker Pavilion Receives New Award
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The Town of Lovettsville’s Walker Pavilion has garnered National recognition by being selected as the 2013 Building of the Year from the National Frame Building Association in the Experts Division for Commercial Buildings under 5,000 sq. ft. Each year the National Frame Building Association recognizes the best in Post Frame construction. This year, the Walker Pavilion grabbed the top honors in their category. The Pavilion was designed and constructed by Fuog Interbuild, a member of the National Frame Building Association. Fuog attended the Town Council meeting on April 25th to present the award plaque.

“The Town is very excited about our Walker Pavilion and its builder, Fuog Interbuild, being awarded a National Frame Building Award for 2013. It is a very big deal and we are thrilled to have a centerpiece of our Town be recognized again!” said Mayor Robert Zoldos II. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental

January 29, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Long Lane in Lovettsville was accident due to a crack in the clay thimble leading to the chimney flue, which allowed the fire to extend into the structure. Damages to the home, which was destroyed in the fire, resulted in estimated $550,000 damage.

At 2:40 a.m., Friday, January 24, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 38064 Long Lane in Lovettsville. Fire and rescue personnel from Lovettsville, Lucketts, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Moorefield, with mutual aid assistance from Frederick County, Maryland responded to the scene. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Goes Berserkle

January 7, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Goes Berserkle
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On New Year’s Day, the Town of Lovettsville hosted the second annual Berserkle on the Squirkle. This family-friendly 5 K fun run was a quirky and unconventional event. Participants ran, jogged, danced and shuffled through the 29 laps inside the Town Square to complete the 5 K fun run. Many were dressed in funny costumes or outrageous hats; there were also quite a few decorated strollers and dogs.

Participants were asked to bring in unwanted presents that they received throughout 2013 to donate to the pool of prizes. Every lap of the race had a winner, chosen at random by Mayor Robert Zoldos, and each winner received one of the dozens of eclectic treasures from the prize pool. … Continue Reading

Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

November 16, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt
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The Loudoun Valley German Society is sponsoring the sixth annual Christkindlmarkt (traditional European Christmas market) on December 7 and 8 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association at 16 S. Berlin Tpk in Lovettsville. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featured are five musical ensembles playing traditional German, Austrian, Celtic, and Appalachian holiday music; warm typical German Christmas market foods, sweets, Glühwein (mulled wine), local
microbrews; over 25 local artists, crafters, and vendors; and free children’s face and hair painting and German Christmas storytelling by the Harmony Middle School German Language students and two German puppet theatre presentations.

Entrance to the market is $3 for 13 and older and free for all others and is good for both days. Net proceeds benefit the local cub scout pack that the LVGS charters and other local nonprofits.

The Lovettsville Co-Op Story

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on The Lovettsville Co-Op Story
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By Jeanne Carlson

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market began in a local barn on a hot August night in 2010, when 30 people gathered to discuss how to bring fresh and local foods to Lovettsville. Most who attended had despaired of the town’s prospects for attracting a chain grocery store to the future Lovettsville Town Center development. They concluded that to have a grocery store in Lovettsville, they needed to start one themselves, using the cooperative business model. About 25 people committed that night to chip in $100 each to get things started, and by January 2011 the Lovettsville Cooperative Market was incorporated.

Community surveys conducted by the co-op organizers revealed strong demand for a grocery store in Lovettsville, with about 75 percent of respondents driving a 20-mile round trip at least weekly to buy food. There was particularly strong interest in healthy, organic and local food. While recognizing that the co-op could never carry the full range of brand, size and flavor choices of a big supermarket, residents indicated their preference for quality and convenience. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Cooperative Market at Lovettsville’s Second Annual MayFest

May 5, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Cooperative Market at Lovettsville’s Second Annual MayFest

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market will be selling fresh, locally made strawberry shortcakes at Lovettsville’s second annual MayFest on Saturday, May 25. In addition, the Co-op will refill any water bottle for free, so bring your water bottles, have fun, and don’t worry about being thirsty if the summer heat arrives in May like it did last year.

The ingredients for the shortcakes are as fresh and local as possible. This year, traditional biscuit and pound cake slices will be provided by Sugar & Spice Bakery of Lovettsville, while A Better Choice Bakery of Brunswick will supply vegan and gluten-free options. Fresh-picked strawberries from Wegmeyer Farm, in Lincoln, will make for the perfect blend of homemade strawberry shortcakes well on their way to local fame. … 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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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

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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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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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

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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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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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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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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