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Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Loudoun Valley High School will be inducting nine people into the school’s Hall of Fame on September 25. They will honor the school’s former athletes with a reception at 5 p.m. and then on the football field during halftime of the game that night.

This year’s honorees are:
Archie Moore, who coached from 1971-2005 for basketball, football and baseball.
Austin L. Thomas, who played basketball from 1975-1979.
Avery G. Howard Sr., who competed in track from 1983-1987
Chris Doran, a soccer player from 1987-1991
Jennifer Cooper Barlow, a gymnast from 1990-1994
Jennifer Everhart, who played softball and volleyball from 2001-2005
Lewis W. Owens, a football player from 1969-1973
Frank Ortiz, who supported Loudoun Valley athletics from 1975-1989
Trip Wilhelm, who played football and baseball from 1995-1999

50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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By Andrea Gaines

“We’ll be catching up, reminiscing, and going back to a more simple time. A time when we were a little more carefree.”
So promises event organizer Judy Arbogast Fisher in describing the upcoming 50th Loudoun Valley High School Combined Reunion, to be held over three days in September.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday event will celebrate the high school’s three original classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Highlights of the three-day extravaganza include a golf outing on Friday morning at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club in Purcellville, a Friday night break-the-ice mixer at the Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, a Saturday night dinner dance and a catered BBQ picnic on Sunday at Franklin Park. A tour of today’s Loudoun Valley High School is another of the festivities planned for Sunday. “Loudoun Valley has doubled in size in the years since we attended the school,” said Fisher. “When I attended we had no cafeteria – we’d bring brown bag lunches to school. We had no auditorium and the gym was not yet completed. People will love to tour the current high school and see how far it has come.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship
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The Loudoun Valley Debate Team won the Virginia High School League state championship the weekend of April 24 at Liberty University. This is the team’s second state championship; they won last year also. Their specialty is Lincoln Douglas and public forum debate. Their coach is Julie Hildbold who teaches English at LVHS. Hildbold said, “Debate requires teamwork and a strong work ethic. In debate students develop public speaking skills and critical thinking. It is definitely intellectually challenging.”

The team covers world topics, philosophy, and all sorts of strategies for speaking and arguing. Valley freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to join the team.

Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

April 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School
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– By Kimberly Rinehart

The award-winning Loudoun Valley Viking Players will perform the hugely popular Shrek: The Musical at Loudoun Valley High School over two weekends in April.

The family-friendly musical tells the hilarious story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her to Duloc to be married to the pint-sized Lord Farquaad.

“Shrek has a great message,” said Christian Jost, who plays Shrek. “The show teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Self-esteem is a big struggle for kids and I think that few other productions deal with this subject in a positive way. Rather than having the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince, this story shows that no matter what you look like or how you act, there can be a happy ending for everyone.”

“It’s a fairy tale with a twist,” added Lauren Harris, who plays the Dragon. “The music is great and the show is incredibly well cast.”

The production is the collaboration of more than 100 students, teachers, parents and volunteers throughout the community.

“This is by far the most elaborate show I have ever been part of in terms of sets and costumes,” said Matt Merline, who plays Lord Farquaad. “The cast is so funny and positive, and I think this really enhances the performances.”

Theater Director William “Russ” Staggs, who directed the musical, said that, “this experience has been truly inspiring.”

“The hard work everyone has brought to the process makes this one of the strongest musical theatre pieces I’ve had the honor to be part of. From top to bottom, this is a must-see show,” he said.

Shrek: The Musical will be performed in the Loudoun Valley High School auditorium. Showtimes are:

Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or online at ?www.lvhsvikingplayers.ticketleap.com/shrek/.

Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak
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After starting 3-8 they have won 12 of the last 14 including a 4th straight region quarterfinal win against 21-2 Culpeper on Friday February 27.  The Vikings advance for the fourth year in a row to the Region Semi-finals.  

The Vikings mid-season improvement was largely due to the fact that they have started a freshmen point guard, 11 Jalen Williams, and two sophomore guards 2 Nick Ball and 23 Jamir Deree and it took some games against good competition to get them acclimated to varsity basketball and learning to win close games.  Jalen, Nick and Jamir have become a young dominating force for both on offense and in the full court defense.  Jalen leads the team with 45 made three point field goals, while Nick leads in point per game at 11, and Jamir averages 7.5 ppg and 5 rebounds per game.  … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs
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Loudoun Valley High School’s Drama Department had a successful fall. They traveled to Norfolk in October for the Virginia Theatre Association’s annual conference and state competition. Their production, “The Trial of Ygor,” written by Virginia native Brian Wrestler and directed by Loudoun Valley’s Russ Staggs, swept the awards, bringing home nearly a dozen different trophies in various categories. The cast and crew were recognized for lighting and sound design and execution, ensemble work and acting.

Individual acting awards were given to juniors Matt Geczy and Patrick Dahlman, who portrayed the judge and Victor Frankenstein, respectively. Charlie Trochlil, a sophomore, was named the best actor in the state of Virginia.

After two intense performances, the Loudoun Valley Drama troupe was named state champions for their performance. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Is Where Jones’s Heart Is

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

If the home is where the heart is, then Loudoun Valley High School is home for Rodney Jones and its students and staff are his family.

A life in education felt like second nature to him because Jones, who is Social Science Department chair and presents lectures on both psychology and modern world history, comes from a long line of educators. His mother is a special education teacher and his father is an assistant principal in Stafford County.

“I like helping,” he said. “I’m big on service. It felt natural to [teach].”

The foundation of teaching stands the test of time – you plan a lesson, teach the class and grade the papers. But, as a graduate student teacher at the University of Virginia where he received both his bachelor’s and masters in history and teaching respectively, Jones discovered that it takes much more than the basics to make a house a home. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter 10/2/14 – 10/8/14

October 12, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter 10/2/14 – 10/8/14
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10/4/14 – 12:00 p.m. – 300 block of Davis Dr. – Nonviolent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
10/5/14 – 7:00 a.m. – 200 block of A St. – Fraud – Victim reports that an unknown subject (s) used their credit card account to make purchases.
10/5/14 – 1:22 a.m. – 340 N. Maple Ave LVHS – Burglary / Breaking and Entering – Victim reports two subjects broke into the school.
10/8/14 – 7:16 p.m. – 900 block of Devonshire Cir. – Burglary – Report of subjects attempting to break into a house.

Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

June 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the same stadium. Woodgrove scored first after winning the opening draw and held that lead until about halfway into the first half with their ball control offense and aggressive defense. However, the Wolverines had no answer for Valley senior and district player of the year Corley Simons as her third goal of the night gave the Vikings a 5-4 lead while she controlled nearly every draw in the first half. … Continue Reading

New Musical at Valley

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Musical at Valley
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Loudoun Valley High School’s drama department, the Viking Players, presents its spring musical production, “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The show follows the story of Elle Woods, a UCLA sorority sister turned Harvard law student. When she attempts to regain the love of her college sweetheart Warner (also newly enrolled at Harvard), Elle realizes her independence and strength as a modern woman is more important than the puppy love she once had for the Kennedy-esque Warner. Elle breaks the stereotype of the “dumb blonde” and serves as an inspiration to her friends. Alie Campbell, a junior, playing Elle Woods and music director said, “Seeing everyone’s confidence grow throughout this process has been most rewarding.” Alexandra Poirier who plays Kate added, “It’s important to see this show because, though it starts off fluffy and shallow, by the end you’ll see the underlying message is ‘be yourself, for you can achieve greatness’.” … Continue Reading

Thanks To the Purcellville Community

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To the Purcellville Community
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As president of the Loudoun Valley Service Initiative (LVSI, formerly known as the Key Club), a service-oriented club at Loudoun Valley High School, I would like to thank the Purcellville community for a tremendously successful “Hygiene Drive.” In the month of January we conducted the drive and collected hygiene products for the needy in the community. We then gave the products to a liaison that works at the school for distribution. Thank you again, Purcellville.

Rob Fairfax
Purcellville

Lady Vikings Give Back

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Give Back

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this season. One Community, One Cause. The Lady Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-42.

Photo: Lady Vikings and their honorees.

An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales
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Presented By The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department

The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department will present an evening of folk and fairy tales on December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.

Loudoun Valley’s production, titled “The Crane Wife & Other Tales,” includes three tales familiar to audiences worldwide. “The Crane Wife,” by Barbara Carlisle and directed by Loudoun Valley’s new Director of Theater, Russ Staggs, is the story of a young farmer in a small Japanese village who saves a beautiful crane from death and is rewarded with a beautiful bride. When the young farmer discovers his new wife’s ability to weave otherworldly cloth to sell at market, his greed overtakes him. Too late, the young farmer learns his wife’s true identity and the secret of her weaving…and loses everything he holds dear. This Japanese tale is followed by two of the Grimm Brother’s most famous stories: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rumplestiltskin,” adapted by Laura Agudelo and directed by LVHS seniors Amanda Barr and Emily Jackson, respectively. All three stories incorporate direction, costumes, and design influenced by the Kabuki theatre of Japan.

This production is a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Each production will take place in the Loudoun Valley High School Auditorium, and tickets will be sold at the door. Please call Russ Staggs at 540-751-2400 for further information.

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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

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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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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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

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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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

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their 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 Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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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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Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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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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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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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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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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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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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