Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru

The Purcellville Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding a request to amend a previously approved location of a drive-thru restaurant at the Catoctin Corner project which is located northeast of the roundabout on East Main Street and Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287). The property was rezoned by the Lazaro Administration …

Painted Barrels Auction October 8

You’ve seen them all over town this summer. Now you will have a chance to own one of the fantastic Painted Barrels. All 35 barrels will be up for auction Saturday, October 8 at the Bush Tabernacle / Skating Rink. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and bidding will begin about …

Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different

With an average income of $119,000 per year, Loudoun County has many new, well-heeled communities, and Willowsford, with its custom homes, sweeping views, private places, and idealistic feel, is certainly one. But, Willowsford – the Washington, D.C. area’s only farm-to-table community built as a farm-to-table community – is both trying …

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Absentee Voting for November Election Begins Friday, September 23, in Loudoun County

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Absentee balloting for the November general election will begin Friday, September 23, in Loudoun County.

From September 23 through October 21, in-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C in Leesburg, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning October 24, hours for absentee voting at the Office of Elections will be extended and will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Absentee voting will be available on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 13, 2016

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09/13/2016 – 06:46 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Prescription Fraud
A business reported a possible fraudulent prescription being passed. The incident is under investigation.

09/14/2016 – 01:06 a.m. 300 Blk. S. 15th St. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute between a parent and his son. On police arrival, everything had calmed down and no assaults had taken place. Police stood by to mediate the situation for the night. … Continue Reading

Concrete and Gravel Deliveries Scheduled Along Old Ox Road/Route 606

September 20, 2016 Development, News 1 comment
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Construction deliveries are scheduled for September 19 through September 23 (Monday through Friday) in support of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Rail Yard and Maintenance Facility project. The construction deliveries will be made to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Rail Yard and Maintenance Facility along US Route 606 (Old Ox Road) and Mercure Circle. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

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The Purcellville Town Council has scheduled special meetings for the purpose of discussing and considering, but taking no action on, the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

On September 22, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Carver Center. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

On September 29, there will be a meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 6, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 13, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 20, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

On October 27, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

88 First Responders Graduate Fire-Rescue Academy Training

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The Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System announced the graduation of eighty-eight system members who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training. Graduation ceremonies were held Wednesday, August 31 and recognized the accomplishments of numerous men and women who have made the commitment to serve their communities. … Continue Reading

Comstock Joins Ride-Sharing Bill for Federal Workers

September 15, 2016 Government Be the first to comment
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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) in introducing a bill that will temporarily add transportation options for federal workers.

With the D.C. Metro system (WMATA) under SafeTrack construction for the foreseeable future, many federal workers have seen their commute times increase due to lengthy delays and unpredictable arrivals. However, commuters have limited alternative options, in part because the existing federal transportation benefit system excludes ride-sharing. The legislation would allow federal employees who receive metro benefits to be able to apply those same benefits to ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 9, 2016

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09/09/2016 – 12:49 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Theft from Motor Vehicle
The complainant reported that approximately $300 in electronics and jewelry had been taken from inside her vehicle that had been left unlocked in the parking lot of a business. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

Update to Suspicious Event Near Lowes Island Elementary School

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver of a vehicle involved in a report of a suspicious event Friday morning near Lowes Island Elementary School.

Deputies responded to the area of Whitewater Drive and Whirlpool Square around 7:30 a.m. after a subject driving a black SUV approached a student walker in a black SUV as she was walking to school. He reportedly asked her multiple times to get into his vehicle. She told him no and ran to a nearby adult who was walking her dog. The driver did not make any physical contact with the child and did not exit the vehicle.

After seeing reports of the incident, the driver contacted authorities and has talked with detectives investigating the case.

The circumstances remain under investigation but there appears to be no threat to the community.

Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Sentenced for Bribery

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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. In addition, McGregor was ordered to pay $380,000 in restitution, $380,000 in forfeiture, and a $50,000 fine. … Continue Reading

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Greenway Toll Rates

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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an opinion upholding the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) findings in its investigation of toll rates on the Dulles Greenway, which is the only privately owned toll road in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The SCC‘s investigation had determined that no changes to the toll rates on the Dulles Greenway were required. The Supreme Court’s opinion affirms that the SCC’s investigation was proper and that a rational basis existed for the SCC’s 2015 decision. The court’s opinion is posted on its website at www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1151976.pdf. … Continue Reading

Save the Date

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September 8, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Planning Commission and Town Council joint meeting to discuss the status of the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review and the next steps.

September 9, Friday 12:30-10:00 p.m. Purcellville Town Council Strategic Planning Meeting at the Train Station and also Saturday September 10, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

September 24, Saturday Carver Center 10- Noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review Status Report and Public Input Opportunity.

Local Government Accountability, Where’s The Paper Trail?

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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a town-wide Operational Efficiency Audit one of the first priorities in his first term in office.
An OEA is a review of operations – from contract writing, to bidding, to payments, to timelines, to budgets – to take a critical, unbiased look at internal effectiveness. The goal? To provide recommendations to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, program and project efficiencies, and effectiveness and transparency – what a citizen sees and hears about what government is doing matches what government is doing within the nooks and crannies and documentation of everyday operations. … Continue Reading

Comp Plan Debate: Give In To Suburbia or Follow Citizen Sentiment

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By Valerie Cury
The Purcellville Planning Commission held a work session on the Comp Plan Review every Thursday in August, and also began meeting with representatives of town committees to discuss the areas of the plan relevant to their particular committee expertise.

The commissioners began by creating individual drafts of mission and vision statements for the Town’s Comp Plan – with commissioners sharing their short statement around the room. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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September 2016
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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Snaggy Mountain Boys

September 4, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 5, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 6, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 7, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 8, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 9, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 10, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 13, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 14, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 15, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 16, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 17, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 18, 2016

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Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 20, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 21, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 23, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

FOBR Annual Meeting

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

16 Sep 2016

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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling.

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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

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

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– 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

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– 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

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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