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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.

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal
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In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … Continue Reading

BBQ Fundraiser Kicks off Cross-Country Bike Trip by Paralympian

July 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on BBQ Fundraiser Kicks off Cross-Country Bike Trip by Paralympian
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During his 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, Marine combat engineer Rob Jones was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in double above-knee amputations of both his legs.

On Monday, July 8, Rob and his partner, Oksana Masters, won the U.S. Para-Rowing Championships in Princeton, NJ, qualifying them to represent the USA at the World Championships in South Korea this August.

And this November, Rob will be embarking on a cross-country bicycle trip from Maine to Southern California to raise awareness and money for some of the charities that aided him in his recovery. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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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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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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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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