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Woodgrove’s Teddy Chipouras Taking His Music Career To The Top

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By Amanda Clark

Teddy Chipouras, senior at Woodgrove High School, is an aspiring musician best known for his growing music career. Chipouras says, “I’ve always loved music and I give the credit to my parents because they always had great music playing around the house.” He was given his first guitar when he was in 4th grade and immediately was interested in it, bringing it to school and playing with his teachers. His sophomore year of high school he quit sports to fully pursue his music entirely through writing, singing, and getting gigs. “It is such a crazy feeling to have someone listen to your music and genuinely feel happy. Something that you poured your soul into is making somebody feel something, which is such a humbling feeling,” he says. … Continue Reading

Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

January 18, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School
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This past December, the Woodgrove Student Council hosted the annual Holiday Door Decorating contest. Every homeroom in the school was challenged to participate in the competition by decorating their homeroom door with a holiday or winter theme of their choice. Students and teachers worked together in their homerooms to bring together resources such as photos, ornaments, glitter, lights, and music to use in their door design. By the day before winter break, students were able to walk through the halls and admire many newly decorated classroom entrances.

The Student Council ad hoc committee for Door Decorating was led by Woodgrove sophomore Sara Hallam. Sara and her committee created the rules by which doors could by decorated, and the criteria that the doors would be judged by. The committee also put together a panel of teachers from various departments to judge the final homeroom doors. Theses teachers would choose one winning door from each grade, along with one overall winner. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School January – February Events

January 8, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove High School January – February Events
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The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association is planning several events for this January. One of the SCA sponsored services is the exam breakfasts. Last year, the SCA offered several breakfast foods — such as bananas, apples and rice-crispy treats—to students in the morning during exam week. Many students took advantage of these breakfasts, with hardly anything left over each day.

“The exam breakfasts last year were really good,” said senior Emily Orr. “I love Rice Krispies.”

Research shows that nutrition plays an important role in brain function and performance on academic tests which is why the SCA provides these breakfasts.

“The breakfasts helped me wake up in the morning and just made the thought of going to school easier,” said senior Sierra McLaughlin. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference

February 6, 2013 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference
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The Woodgrove High School Jazz Band, (‘The WJB’) received standing ovations February 1 when they performed for the delegates of the 2013 National LEAD Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City.

The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Association of Student Councils hosted the Leadership Experience and Development (‘LEAD’) Conference for high school, middle school students and activity advisors.

Wanda Carroll, LEAD Conference Organizer, saw a photo and article about The WJB in a recent edition of the Purcellville Gazette and contacted Mr. Bill Strickler, Woodgrove’s Band Director to extend the invitation. … Continue Reading

Craftsmen Needed

October 7, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Craftsmen Needed
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Woodgrove High School PTSO invites interested craftspeople, artists, and specialty vendors to show and sell their wares in the 2012 Western Loudoun Woodgrove Marketplace Sunday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Woodgrove welcomes participation by all area craftspeople at this community pre-holiday happening.

There is limited space available so please get your application in as soon as possible. Applications are available on the Woodgrove High School website at:
http://www.lcps.org/Page/97413 For additional information, contact Sherri Zoldos at woodgroveptsofundraising@gmail.com or 703-727-0684.

“Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club

September 20, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on “Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club
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Eighty-eight Wolverine fans and golfers teed off bright and early Monday morning, September 17 at Woodgrove’s home course, Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, to compete in the Second Annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament fund Senior student-athlete scholarships and other activities that further the mission of the WWABC. The weather was great, the course was gorgeous, and a good time was had by all! Aside from the tournament itself, the event featured a silent auction, raffle items, door prizes, breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch catered by Stoneleigh.

Western Loudoun boasts amazing golfers proven by the tournament’s 3-way tie for the team with the lowest score – 59. The tie was broken by comparing back nine scores, and the winners were: … Continue Reading

It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!

July 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!
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Franklin Park Arts Center Welcomes New Crop of Home Grown Musicians

By Andrea Gaines

The way music instructor Frank Keims effuses about the musicians known as “The Immortals” … you’d think he was doing an introduction for the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Immortals are a rotating group of young musicians drawn from Keims’ Loudoun Music Instruction business in Lovettsville.

In 2006, Keim began calling the parents of his most gifted students to push the idea of offering these young musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level music instruction and the chance to join with a real live band. This group of young men and women would be pushed hard. They would need to maintain certain grade levels at school. They would be tested like undergrads and be given the opportunity to write music, and jam with and exchange ideas with others as talented as themselves. His most promising students loved it. And, not because it was some kind of teenage indulgence. … Continue Reading

Wolverines on the Prowl-2012 Spring Sports Wrap Up

July 8, 2012 Columns Comments Off on Wolverines on the Prowl-2012 Spring Sports Wrap Up
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Woodgrove claims three State Titles

Girls Soccer- Undefeated District, Regional and State Champions- Shut out victory 3-0
Named 1st Team Regional II
Erin Barrett –Coach of the Year
Lucy Etro and Sarah Hardison
Ashley Bonner named Cheer Athletes of the Month –May
Sarah Hardison named Cheer Athletes of the Month –April
Lucy Etro named Cheer Athletes of the Month –March … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

July 8, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) has announced the date for their Fall 2012 Golf Tournament. The “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic will be held at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 17, 2012. Proceeds from the tournament funds WWABC sponsored senior scholarships. This year, the inaugural golf tournament enabled the WWABC to award $1000 scholarships to nine well deserving Wolverine senior students. Woodgrove High School would like to congratulate 2012’s “Fore the Wolverine” scholarship recipients: Lydia Cromwell, Ellen Fuller, Brad Gilson, Lisa Hemphill, Dane Mullins, Meg Nelis, Matt Reed, Caroline Vangsnes, and Brendan Wells. Please come out and support the Wolverines at Stoneleigh on September 17. For more information, e-mail Jan Lokie at seminole84@aol.com.

Click here to download a sign-up sheet for the tournament.

Woodgrove AA State Championships

June 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove AA State Championships
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Woodgrove Girls' Soccer Front Row (l-r) : Samantha Winkler, Maddie Beebe, Ashley Bonner, Lexi Clarke, Dakota Stephens, Lucy Etro Back Row: Ashley Tilly, Jordan Latorre, Sarah Hardison, Jackie Scott, Jessica Hutchison, Coach Erin Barrett

Woodgrove Girls' Softball Front Row (l-r): Katie Sholl, Courtney Bogan, Chase Acton, Mackenzie Moler, Allie Reid Back Row: Paige Schaffer, Meghan Roush, Ashley Cole, Delanie Daughtry, Corinne Vennitti, Rachel Harris, Lexa Plichta, Sarah Stiles, Madison Krablin

Speaker for Local HS Seniors Awards Ceremony a Secret ‘Til the Last Moment

June 6, 2012 News, Schools 1 comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made a surprise appearance at the Woodgrove High School Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2012.

Secretary Albright was exceptionally well-received at the gathering. But, the “back story” of how she came to speak at Woodgrove that day was the most interesting part of her visit. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals

June 3, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals
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Both Woodgrove High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the Northern Sectional Championships, the girls on Friday, May 25, and the boys on Wednesday, May 30.
The boys game was postponed from Tuesday with 1:58 left in the first half. The score was tied 2-2 after Woodgrove goals from Denis Radcliffe and Matt Sears. When the game resumed, Chad Niergarth scored on a fast break assist from Jeremy Kendall to leave the first half score at 3-2. Woodgrove went up 8-4 in the third, but Dominion scored three unanswered goals to make it 8-7. Kellen McCarthy scored an unassisted goal to put Woodgrove up 9-7. Dominion scored with less than two seconds in the game for a final score of 9-8. Woodgrove goals: Radcliffe (3), Niergarth (2), Sears, McCarthy, Connor Loving, and Al Back. Woodgrove hosts Chantilly on Saturday in the state quarterfinal. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Student Brings School, Scouts and Local Landscape Company Together for Lessons Outside the Classroom

May 2, 2012 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Late last year Woodgrove High School student Kyle Sargent began brainstorming for his Eagle Scout Project. Kyle realized that revitalizing an underutilized outdoor area of the school would provide a beautiful, permanent place where students could gather, meet, or have lunch while getting some fresh air. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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