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Large Garage Fire in Lovettsville Spreads to Nearby Woods

February 11, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Large Garage Fire in Lovettsville Spreads to Nearby Woods

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s investigation determined Wednesday’s garage fire that spread into nearby woods was accidental, resulting from an electrical failure, and estimated damages at $135,000.

Just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an outside fire in the 12000 block of Beech Grove Lane in Lovettsville. The initial caller reported seeing smoke, and eventually flames, coming from the wooded area to the rear of the structure. When the first engine arrived to investigate, crews encountered significant fire conditions coming from a large garage and fire spreading rapidly into the wooded areas of the property. The call was upgraded to a structure fire bringing additional units from Lucketts, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Philomont, Aldie, Purcellville, and Frederick County, Maryland. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Man Hits It Right: Gets Front Row View at Inauguration

February 1, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Man Hits It Right: Gets Front Row View at Inauguration

When Purcellville businessman John Fuog suddenly received an invitation to participate in the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump less than three weeks before the ceremony, he had no idea he’d end up with one of the best ring-side views. Not only did he end up on Pennsylvania Avenue, but adjacent to the President’s reviewing stand. … Continue Reading

Hillsboro Planning More Big Changes

February 1, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro Planning More Big Changes

By Amanda Clark

After recently expanding its boundaries, Hillsboro is set to initiate more changes for the community. At a Hillsboro State of the Town community breakfast and open house January 28, residents discussed what is in the offing.

The largest of the planned projects is the complete revamping of Main Street, which commuters know as Rt. 9. Some 16,000 vehicle trips make their way on Main Street each day, through the center of the hamlet. The aim of the reconstruction is to help drivers travel at reasonable speeds, while also providing parking areas, sidewalks, and raised crosswalks. Presently, construction is slated to begin in 2019, and be completed by late spring 2020. But the Town is working to accelerate the timetable. … Continue Reading

Vacant Chairs Remembered

February 1, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Vacant Chairs Remembered

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Expanded to 3,300 Acres
– By Andrea Gaines

On October 21, 1861, approximately 3,400 Civil War soldiers faced off on the Potomac River shoreline known as Ball’s Bluff, just north of Leesburg.
In a decisive Confederate victory, nearly 50 percent of Union soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. … Continue Reading

Bluemont Fair Seeks Logo Design

January 27, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Bluemont Fair Seeks Logo Design

Organizers of the 48th annual Bluemont Fair to be held September 16 and 17 in historic Western Loudoun County have invited artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration for this year’s logo.

The theme this year is “Haying”. Hay has been grown, harvested, and used since the first farmers came to Bluemont in the early to mid-1700’s, and can still be seen in all of its forms – growing, cut and drying, and baled – in the fields around the village. The theme is deliberately broad so that artists can interpret freely. Designs could reflect the act of haying, hay fields, the animals who eat/use hay, hay bales, pitchforks and other hay-related tools, or anything else that touches on hay and haying. … Continue Reading

Hugh Forsythe Appointed Interim Leesburg Town Council Member

January 12, 2017 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hugh Forsythe Appointed Interim Leesburg Town Council Member

Mr. Forsythe will serve until a special election is held November 7, 2017.

At the Jan. 9 organizational meeting, the Leesburg Town Council appointed Hugh Forsythe to fill the council seat vacated by Mayor Kelly Burk. Mr. Forsythe was sworn in immediately after his appointment and joined the council on the dais for the remainder of the organizational meeting and work session that followed.

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Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat

Longtime Leesburg resident and popular county legislator Kelly Burk started her official 4-year term as Leesburg’s Mayor on Sunday, January 1.

A Virginian by birth, Burk considers Leesburg to be her hometown, having lived there for over 40 years. She served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004 to 2007, and on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2011 – chairing the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. She returned to serve on the Leesburg Town Council in 2012, and served as Vice Mayor under Mayor Kristen Umstattd, before capturing the Major’s seat in 2016. Burk also worked as a special education teacher with the Loudoun County Public Schools before her retirement in 2014. … Continue Reading

Powerfully Small Town Gets a Bit Bigger

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Powerfully Small Town Gets a Bit Bigger

Hillsboro Annexation Breaks 250 Years of History

The historic western Loudoun Town of Hillsboro – originally spelled Hillsborough as locals love to remind us – added 108 acres to its previous 56-acre footprint … just as 2016 was coming to a close. The action, supported broadly in the community was seen as a very special New Year’s gift to all. … Continue Reading

New Purcellville Town Council Examines Utility Rates

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns 1 comment

The Town’s consultant, Municipal & Financial Services Group, will appear before Council in January, to respond to Council’s questions on ways to lower utility rates.

At an October 17 Town Council meeting to review and discuss options, Purcellville Town Manager Rob Lohr talked about availability fees from more growth as a way to defray the rising cost of Town utility rates. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council To Consider Four Candidates For Interim Appointment To Vacant Council Seat

January 4, 2017 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council To Consider Four Candidates For Interim Appointment To Vacant Council Seat

At their special organizational meeting, Monday, Jan. 9, the Leesburg Town Council will hear presentations from four candidates vying for appointment to fill Mayor Kelly Burk’s vacated council seat. The four candidates are Jed Babbin, Hugh Forsythe, Rusty Foster and Gwen Pangle.

The four candidates were selected from among 12 applicants who submitted letters of interest and professional resumes to the Clerk of Council. The mayor and council members individually reviewed the applications and each provided the Clerk with their top three candidates in ranked order. The aggregated results yielded four top candidates, as there was a tie for third.

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Crooked Run Is in It for Nature

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Crooked Run Is in It for Nature

New Conservation Easement Protects 55 Additional Acres

In the United States, land conservation is about both personal choice and the public good. From a fiscal point of view, conservation returns between $4 and $10 for every dollar invested – creating recreational opportunities, controlling flooding, enhancing air and drinking water quality, conserving income-generating wildlife habitat and farmland, and forming the economic basis for industries such as tourism and fisheries.
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address

December 31, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be presenting the State of the Town address at Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. “I am looking forward to covering our current economic state and the challenges and opportunities before us,” said Mayor Fraser.

The State of the Town will be published on the Town’s website the following day. This presentation is open to the public, and citizens are welcome to attend.

This is an excellent time for citizens to become engaged. If you have any questions before or after the presentation, e-mail Mayor Fraser at kfraser@purcellvilleva.gov.

Holiday Hours for the Town of Leesburg Facilities

December 23, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Holiday Hours for the Town of Leesburg Facilities

No changes to trash and recycling collection schedules for Christmas or New Year’s Day holidays.

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, hours of operations will be adjusted at certain Town facilities.

Town offices will close at noon on Friday, December 23, 2016, and will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, December 26
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Monday, January 2, 2017

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Columns

STEM Turns To STEAM

– By Mary Rose Lunde Virginia Tech is a renowned STEM school, and is known for its engineering school and strong research presence. As such, compared to other schools, Virginia Tech does not include a lot of non-STEM students. It …

Giving Voice To The Voiceless

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel “It’s to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Wendy Melcher, coordinator at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, tells me when I ask the source of her motivation. “It’s to see them smile.” I first met …

Seeking Child Advice

– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, is furious with us for not allowing her go to beach week this year with her boyfriend who is graduating from high school in …

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Choosing a Fiduciary

The choice of an executor or trustee is very important and will likely have long range consequences. Family wounds can linger for years from a mistake or unwise conduct of the person in charge of the estate or trust. An …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: The Stone House

At Harper Park – By Tim Jon No – they don’t serve fresh oysters here, there are no wi-fi hook-ups, and there is no Happy Hour; from what I hear, though – this little place used to jump and swing …

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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May 1, 2017

Coming Up Spring

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May 2, 2017

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Equality Loudoun [re]Launch

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch
May 3, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 4, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 5, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

TGIF@NG

TGIF@NG

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 6, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 7, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”
May 8, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 9, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 10, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 11, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 12, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 13, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Dog Day

Dog Day

Healing Service

Healing Service

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 14, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 15, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 16, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 17, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 18, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 19, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Fourth Friday

Fourth Friday

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 20, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 21, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv
May 22, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 23, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 24, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova
May 25, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale
May 26, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 27, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 28, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 30, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 31, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

21 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest has begun, May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

21 May 2017

BCT, Bank of Charles Town, of Middleburg is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Weber, founder and former publisher of the Purcellville Gazette, as their newest Mortgage Loan Originator. “We are pleased that Ben is now part of our growing family, his insight into the growing real estate market and marketing skills will be a great benefit to our …

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Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

19 May 2017

Loudoun County Animal Services will host its second annual “Homeward Bound” free pet adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20 at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptable cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, small pets and reptiles. While supplies last, adopters will receive a goody bag for …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Letters for May Issue

Council Moving Forward with People’s Values After two years serving with Mayor Kwasi Fraser in a minority position on the Purcellville Town Council, voters went to the polls in May …

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

3 May 2017

– By Andrea Gaines This year marks the Purcellville Cannons’ 2nd season in Purcellville. Baseball fans, rejoice. “If I could identify one thing that I hope to accomplish this year,” said General Manager Ridge Fuller, “it would be to sustain the level of community support we got in 2016. To …

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