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LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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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

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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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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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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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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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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