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March Sushi

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on March Sushi
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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 telling stories in March about Leprechauns, fairies, rainbows and pots of gold. He had a perfectly mischievous, devilish idea. One that would finally get the perfect little Sushi dog into a heap of trouble. One that involved green glitter. Glitter Mrs. B had out on the counter to decorate with, for the Saint Paddy’s day party coming up for Murphy. The same glitter Mountie purposely dipped his shabby cat tail into. He carefully trotted down to the compost pile, where he gleefully shook the glitter off his tail into a neat circle around a deep hole he had started digging earlier that morning. … Continue Reading

February Sushi

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on February Sushi
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February is the month of love and this Valentine phenomenon isn’t just for humans, it happens around the barnyard too.

Miss Ashley loves Sammy the bull, and if you recall last spring they had a beautiful bull calf together, which they named Smash. During the long winter months while waiting for their baby to be born, Sammy got a little self-absorbed with a very flirtatious heifer named Loretta.

Loretta and her best friend Victoria delight in swaggering around the fields turning the heads of even the best behaved bulls. Sammy was no exception, and he had learned a very difficult lesson. This Valentine’s Day he was not about to let any femme fatale’s ruin his marriage to Miss Ashley. He had fallen for that flirtatious trick once and almost lost the love of his life. … Continue Reading

January Sushi

January 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on January Sushi
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A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

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December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi
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Dear Friends of the Farm,

As Christmas approaches, everyone on our little farm is cheerfully decorating and working toward the many holiday orders, orders that are sure to make wonderful feasts to be shared with family and friends.

This Christmas Fields of Athenry Farm family wishes you a holiday blessed with love and goodness. Mrs. B saw this placard and decided to hang it in the farm shop. I am not sure I could teach the barn yard any better than this when it comes down to how best to share the love and how to connect with one and all.

Listen without interrupting ( Proverbs 18 )
Speak without accusing ( James 1:19 )
Give without sparing ( Proverbs 21:26 )
Pray without ceasing ( Colossians 1:9 )
Answer without arguing ( Proverbs 17:1 )
Share without pretending ( Ephesians 4:15 )
Enjoy without complaint ( Philippians 2:14 )
Trust without wavering ( 1 Corinthians 13:7 ) … Continue Reading

Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard
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By Sushi

Well, I (the Mighty Carin Terrier, “Sushi”) never felt more like singing to the stars because I have so much to be thankful for. I was in one of those deep hearty moods – you know that feeling when you enjoy great satisfaction at the end of a hard night’s work? When you want to sit on top of a hill under a full moon, look out over the farm, breath deep and digest all that went right that day? … Continue Reading

The Grumpy Old Troll

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on The Grumpy Old Troll
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By Sushi

One day not long ago a little girl by the name of Adele came to visit the farm.

She was a spirited little thing with long flowing blonde hair. She loved to twirl and dance in the wind. I enjoyed following her around the farm and to make sure she was safe from any danger, as that is my born and bred duty as the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier. She always wore the ruffliest, sparkliest of dresses and skirts that made her prancing and dancing that much prettier. She was so kind and thoughtful and worked hard to making everyone smile and feel better about themselves and others.

She was just like having a good fairy Godmother around.

There was just one thing that made Adele pop her teeny tiny little hands up to cover her eyes and go “Oh” – The footsteps of the Grumpy Old Troll. Thump, thump, thump went the sound that caused Adele to squeal and dive into her mother’s arms.

What was Adele doing so near to the Grumpy Old Troll? That my dear is the story to be told. 

Sweet Adele had come this July to visit the Fields of Athenry Farm family and stay for the Willowin Farm pony camp, a perfect summer trip indeed with her mother and GrandMary. If any of you have been to the infamous Willowin Farm’s pony camp, in the tiny town of Lincoln, Virginia you will know there is a little bridge with water you cross over to get to the indoor arena where riding lessons can be held even if there is inclement weather. Once inside the indoor arena you will notice one end has quite the jagged hole through the wall – not too big – not too small – the perfect place for a Grumpy Old Troll to sneak in and out when no one is looking. It was here that Little Adele was the first one to enter the arena on pony camp morning. She was only 500 feet ahead of everyone else and the first to enter into the arena. No one heard or saw the Grumpy Old Troll snatch her off her beautiful pony Firefly. Poor teeny tiny Adele was pulled through the jagged troll hole before anyone knew what had happened.

The troll threw her over his smelly, hairy shoulder. Little Adele covered her eyes squealing, Oh, Oh, Oh. For she knew that stink bug smell. It was a smell that would drive anyone crazy.  In spite of her being frightened, Adele thought, “No wonder Mr. Troll is so grumpy – for he is covered in stink bugs.” The notorious stink bugs found their way into Virginia from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who got them from China or Japan? The stinks bug’s recent introduction to America whirled through little Adele’s mind, for Miss Adele was the daughter of the world’s greatest entomologist (bug scientist) of all time – Bugsy Miguel. You don’t know the Great Bugsy Miguel made some of the greatest rain forest insect finds and stories of the world?  Dengue fever?  Little Adele’s mind was racing as she was flung into a small wire cage with lots of scared, crying baby trolls. The cage door slammed and a big padlock was snapped tight.

Oh! Oh! Oh! She cried in horror covering her eyes with her tiny little hands.

To be continued…
Love,
Sushi

My master, Elaine Boland lives with her husband and five daughters in Purcellville, Virginia at Fields of Athenry Farm. She cherishes farm life and the joy of providing her customers with fine fresh meats and products. She can be reached at www.fieldsofathenryfarm.com or 703 926 -8444.

Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard
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By Sushi

A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

What a Beautifully Bright Year

December 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on What a Beautifully Bright Year
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It’s me again Sushi, the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier.

Oh, to ride to the cry of the hound on a crisp winter day. Oh, to ride on a grand horse through vast Virginia farmland. Oh, to settle in by a running creek of clear waters and soak in the beauty of the hills.

A year has come and almost gone. Winter, spring, summer, fall. November is over, December is here and a full moon lights up the hills as I lay here on the front porch of the big white farmhouse. Nights are growing colder and right now it is 32 degrees, a slight breeze and getting chillier.

I jumped down off the farm porch and headed towards the ancient pine trees to make my place for the night and to keep watch for those nasty red fox, the sly ones. (Mrs. B. has her last 100 baby ducklings growing out for the winter season and I can tell you, she is not interested in feeding the fox population.) … Continue Reading

An Image in the Sky for Thanksgiving

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on An Image in the Sky for Thanksgiving
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It’s October 28 and hurricane Sandy is headed our way. Memories of July’s summer storms are still fresh in my mind. 100 degrees plus temperatures and six days without power or water. We lost animals. Mr. and Mrs. B’s oldest daughter was in a very serious car crash and it seemed as though one thing after another kept pushing the farm and its staff’s resolve. Mr. and Mrs. B flew to their daughter’s side in Chicago while Bernie and Laino picked up the slack, working 24/7.

One day at a time, one customer at a time, just do your best; keep pushing through, one mistake at a time and one chore at a time.

That is what I, the Mighty Carrin Terrier, Sushi kept telling myself. Do whatever we need to do to keep our wonderful customers happy. Do the best we can, and when we think we have done our best, try harder. This is Mrs. B’s philosophy. Oh, and yes, you must be able to laugh at yourself. Mrs. B says if she can’t laugh at herself for sure one or all of her five daughters will do it for her! … Continue Reading

All of the Barnyard (and Wild!) Animals

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on All of the Barnyard (and Wild!) Animals
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I am Sushi, a small but mighty Cairn Terrier, I live my life to hunt foxes that prowl about the woods surrounding Fields of Athenry Farm. You see, it is my born and bred duty to protect and defend the poultry and fowl from the Sly Ones.

I have been told when telling a story not to have too many different characters, no one can keep track. But, I ask you, how in the world can I tell a story about Fields of Athenry Farm without including all of us animals that make this farm so unique and special? I am going to buck the rules of storytelling because this story cannot be told without all of my friends! … Continue Reading

Back to School Kindness

September 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Back to School Kindness
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Now … you all must remember … Fields of Athenry’s Sammy the Bull and Miss Ashley, the lady cow with the big baby brown eyes and long eye lashes that just drove Sammy the Bull crazy in love? This past year they had a baby bull boy, little Sammy Junior, the spitting image of his mother. Beautiful Angus bull calf, just one thing wrong though, when little Sammy Junior went to call his mama or papa, his “moo” would start with a sta sta sta stutter!

Wow, you just have no idea how on a farm, when born into a herd of cattle, how tough it can be with other little bull boys if you have a sta sta sta stutter in your moo. I noticed how little Sammy started to hang his head in shame as the other young bull boys would snicker and moo at him. He began to stay all to himself. And, he never swished his tail or romped with glee anymore. He seemed very lonely. … Continue Reading

Coming Home

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Coming Home
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Before the school year starts it is my master Mrs. B’s tradition to have a fun family gathering around the grill one last time for the summer.

The cool evening breeze was settling in. Bernie and Laino (farm daughters) where down by the fields near the Beaver Dam Creek putting their ponies away for the night. Mr. B was working the grill and good smells began to fill the air. Mrs. B, family and friends filled the tables with yummy treats to compliment the dinner. Before I knew it, we all gathered round Grandfather under the story tree. I love family times like this because you never know what kind of a whopper of a story Grandfather will come up with! … 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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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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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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