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Doesn’t Belong on 32nd St

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Doesn’t Belong on 32nd St

Purcellville is a town loaded with character and charm. Increasingly residents seem keen to preserve what makes our town distinct from others. This is true in the town’s central commercial district and in residential neighborhoods alike. Efforts to turn available property over to dense, national-chain development have been rejected by the town’s citizens.

Purcellville has its own celebrated local businesses and it would be nice to see vacant commercial rental space occupied by more of such local businesses. A focus on more dense development, with potential to be occupied by national chains, would damage the unique character of the town and its neighborhoods. While residents increasingly appreciate this, efforts to increase density persist. … Continue Reading

Put Family Farmers Back Into Farm To School

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Put Family Farmers Back Into Farm To School

Farm to School programs appeared in the 90’s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million students.

However, the focus has slipped from ‘local family farms’ to ‘local food.’ Schools and program administrators alike don’t know the difference between nearby corporate, industrial farms and smaller, family farms that derive their income from the management and daily labor on their own land. It’s far easier for schools and administrators to define ‘local’ than it is to define ‘family farm.’ … Continue Reading

A Time of Gathering and Reflection

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on A Time of Gathering and Reflection

It seems like December is all about Christmas.  And that means Black Friday, endless renditions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Grinches, Scrooges, dysfunctional family stories with happy endings, after-midnight shopping, and dancing snowmen.

But let’s not forget that it’s also a time of gathering and reflection.  It’s a time to gather together with family and friends.  And it’s a time to reflect on our lives, the meaning of our lives, and how we can give and make a difference in our communities.  Remember, even if we don’t have money, we all have something to give and contribute.

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg

Let’s Consider Franklin Park for a Park and Ride

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Consider Franklin Park for a Park and Ride

I’m writing this because you have provided valuable insight into a number of Loudoun County issues that the towns or Loudoun Board of Supervisors (BOS) have railroaded past us.  There was the quick take of the Brown’s Farm for the Southern Collector Road, the power lines down Route 7 and now the Red Hill water towers and the proposed Purcellville Crossroads development.

But there is one more:  The Franklin Park Park and Ride and the resulting perfect storm of traffic at St. Andrew Park and Ride.  If you go to the Loudoun County website you can find the completed plans for Franklin Park Park and Ride, which the county paid over $120,000 for.  And then there were the additional expenses of archeological verification, environmental research, county employee involvement, etc. so that the final overall cost of the plans was easily over $300,000. Then Janet Clarke got into office as the Blue Ridge representative and the plans were killed.  We, the Loudoun County bus riders, would have to continue using the overcrowded St. Andrew lot, being reduced twice down to 78 parking spots.  Her rationale was that children going to the pool could get hit by a car. … Continue Reading

By Right – Only Practical Zoning for 32nd Street

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on By Right – Only Practical Zoning for 32nd Street

As a lifetime resident of Purcellville, I’m proud of my town and its unique character.  Having grown up here I am grateful that my family enjoys a quality of life where young children can still roam freely from yard to yard and play on the streets of our neighborhood as I did growing up.

The design of our older historic neighborhood captures Purcellville’s distinct character with its traditional street patterns that are in harmony with our lot and home sizes.   … Continue Reading

Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday

As we approach this season of giving, I encourage you to reflect upon and to celebrate the multiple blessings afforded to us in this great nation, state, and town.  Also, please remember our brave military men and women whose daily sacrifices on behalf of our nation enable us to maintain our freedom, live our dreams, and care for our families.  If you can, support our wounded warriors and active duty personnel, stateside and abroad, this holiday season.  Whatever you can do or give will be greatly appreciated.

I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to your continued support. So, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Kwasi Fraser,
Mayor, Purcellville

Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?

December 10, 2014 Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?

The entire trajectory of the Town of Purcellville can be summarized in one word. Debt.

The massive debt the town incurred to build the wastewater treatment plant – which currently operates at just 40 percent capacity – stands at $33 million. There was a $6 million mandated upgrade to the facility – which was paid for with a taxpayer funded grant. But, the balance of the $33 million spent was a choice by the town to dramatically increase the capacity of the facility- on the hope that the rapid growth in and around Purcellville would continue. Tap fees – the cost to be hooked up the system – now run about fifty thousand dollars apiece. And, that would keep the debt manageable.

But with the additional extravagant and ill-advised spending by the town (including the $8.5 million for the new town hall) and the housing crash recession, town debt has now ballooned to $61 million in less than a decade …

There is no looking back, but there is a way to look forward. … Continue Reading

Lack of Ethical Journalism

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

It disappoints me to see the gross distortions promoted in the Purcellville Gazette this past week. I posted my full response on my blog (Jimmerson.org) and in doing so, I showed the outright attempt to mislead the public and the lack of ethical journalism taking place at the Gazette.

It is clear the Gazette represents an agenda and a select group of people in Purcellville and it reflects very poorly on their publication. They provided clear evidence of an extreme bias against myself and Mayor Fraser and any credibility they had has just been lost by our community.

Clearly the Gazette dislikes anyone representing the interests of Purcellville Residents. I will continue my resolve and this false campaign against me will not dissuade me from doing the job I was elected to do.

Karen Jimmerson
Purcellville Town Council

Thank You for a Wonderful 4th Annual Halloween Block Party

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You for a Wonderful 4th Annual Halloween Block Party

The Purcellville Halloween Block Party drew 1000’s for the 4th annual event held in Old Town on 21st street. Everyone had an awesome time participating or just watching the five categories of costume contests, with over $1500 in cash prizes and trophies awarded to the many creative costumes. … Continue Reading

Keep Zoning By Right

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Keep Zoning By Right

On behalf of my lovely neighborhood in the historic district of Purcellville, I urge the town authorities to deny the developer’s request to change the R-2 zoning of the Ball property on 32nd Street.

Our neighborhood has been blessed with several young families. They chose to move here to avoid the travails of congested living.

The developer, MI Construction of Ohio, has requested rezoning the Ball property from R-2 to R-8. Currently, the property is zoned by right for two houses per acre which reflects the character of the neighborhood. A change to R-8 would allow the building of up to 80 units on ten acres. … Continue Reading

I Hate Fraud

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments

I watched my father get taken by a variety of fraudsters. Some even came to our house to take his money under false pretense. Scotch whiskey investment scams, oil and gas lease scams, business start-ups that never really started up etc each taking a piece of his meager savings and a big chunk of his confidence. My reason to write this is not to relive history but to warn fellow Loudouners of a very current scam that I was shocked to recently watch play out. I got a call from people claiming to be the US Treasury Department warning me they were issuing a bench warrant for my arrest unless I paid overdue taxes from a prior year They left this message on my legal office line quite audaciously as that didn’t intimidate them from still trying to execute a scam. … Continue Reading

Save Western Loudoun Schools

October 17, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Save Western Loudoun Schools

This November’s school bond referendum is a threat to every school in Western Loudoun. On November 4, voters will be asked to approve a $162,900,000 bond to finance ES-27 Dulles North Elementary, MS-9 Dulles North Middle, and the Advanced Technology Academy (ATA).

One could argue truthfully that that none of these new schools will be located in Western Loudoun and, thus, will continue to move more Western tax dollars to pay for projects in the East. But there is an even greater threat. ES-27 and MS-9 are to be built for new students who are coming from new families bringing new tax revenue. The Advanced Technology Academy is not. The ATA is an overlay school for existing students that will necessitate funneling more money from all other schools in order to pay for its construction, maintenance, and operating costs.

With the School Board’s most recent attempt to close Western Loudoun schools, every single dollar counts. Voting for this school bond puts greater strain on the school budget and will increase the likelihood that some or all of Western Loudoun schools will be closed in order to fund the ATA. I encourage all residents to vote for Western Loudoun schools and vote against this bond.

David Dickinson
Leesburg

Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

October 12, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

I recently read about a Wall Street Journal poll that said that only 14 percent of people approve of the job that Congress is doing. A whopping 71 percent of people felt that the economic problems facing this country are due to the inability of our elected officials in Washington to get anything done to improve the economy. What is it going to take to get them to see that the problems in this country go beyond politics?

It’s time for everyone in Congress to put aside their differences and get down to the real work of making the lives of the people who put them there better.

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg


 

 

 

 

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

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

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Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
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The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

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

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Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
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The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

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

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Healing Service

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
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The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
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The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

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

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Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

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Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
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The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

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

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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
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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

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Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale
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CA$H Bingo

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
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Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
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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
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CA$H Bingo

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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
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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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